If, like me, you’re a survival-horror hero kinda guy but occasionally wondered what it would be like to play for the other, blood-thirstier, flesh-eating team, then the kind fellows at Techland have an announcement for you (and, er…me, I suppose).

Divulging the updated global launch dates for their hugely anticipated zombie-apocalyptic horror epic Dying Light, the guys at Techland also released this accompanying letter:

Dear gamers,

As you already know, today we detailed our launch timing for Dying Light. Although the changes affect only the release of boxed copies in certain territories, we want to show all of you our appreciation for your continued support. Thus, we’re really happy to announce that “Be the Zombie” will be available for free to everyone, on all platforms, in all territories.

We’ll also be giving away extra weapon dockets to everyone who pre-ordered Dying Light and signed up at Dockets.DyingLightGame.com.

We want to thank you for your patience and support in this matter and can’t wait for you to enjoy playing Dying Light and invading other players’ game in the “Be the Zombie” mode.

– Dying Light Team

It’s awesome to see this kind of behaviour from developers, especially for such a high profile project. With the addition of a purchasable tie-in novel as well as a free 3D printable zombie, Techland are fast becoming survival-horror fan favourites. Have a look at them taking ‘Be the Zombie’ for a spin in their latest gameplay video:

The new global launch dates, by the way, read like this:

– Worldwide digital release on PC on January 27th (today!), 2015

– North and South American digital and physical copies will be available on the same day (Jan. 27), for PS4 and Xbox One

– Europe, Middle-East, Asia and Australia will have a digital release on PS4 and Xbox One on on January 28th, 2015; physical copies will be released on February 27th, 2015.

It may seem as though the physical copy players are getting the raw end of the deal here, but Techland sweetened it slightly by adding that all physical pre-order versions will include two DLC packs, Cuisine & Cargo and Ultimate Survivor Bundle, both free of charge, as well as the aforementioned ‘Be the Zombie’ multi-player mode (for all platforms).

Hooray for horror!