We aren’t given that much background for Kyle Crane. All we know is that he is from Chicago, Illinois, and was a track and field athlete in high school. He also served in the US Armed Forces and had a stint as a mercenary after he was discharged. Kyle was then hired by the Global Relief Effort in an attempt to complete missions in Harran after the outbreak began.
Kyle Crane is the main character of both Dying Light and Dying Light: The Following and was controlled by the player. Dying Light’s story is affected by the choices you make in the game. There are two different endings at the end of Dying Light: The Following. We’ll discuss both and see the different possibilities of each outcome.
Is Kyle Crane Dead in Dying Light 2?
Dying Light has two different endings. You can trigger each one depending on the actions that you choose at the end of the story. WARNING: THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD REGARDING THE DYING LIGHT STORY.
Now that we know the story of Dying Light 2, we can already say that one of the endings isn’t canon to the story. Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after Dying Light: The Following, which means that controlling the outbreak didn’t work.
The Nuclear Ending (Non-Canon)
The Nuclear Ending is the non-canon ending. At the end of Dying Light: The Following, if you decide to nuke Harran, you will be taken to a room with a nuclear setup. Putting in the code will launch the nuke, killing presumably everyone in Harran, including Kyle and The Mother. This will contain the virus within Harran and prevent the outbreak from ever happening.
Obviously, this ending ends with Kyle Crane dead. Even if it was canon, Kyle would undoubtedly end up dead. I mean, how would you even survive a nuclear explosion, right?
Fighting The Mother (Canon Ending)
Next, let’s talk about the ending that led to the events in Dying Light 2: Stay Human. In this ending, you decided not to nuke Harran in an effort to save everyone in it. You stay true to your mission and fight The Mother. The Mother infects you with the serum but doesn’t kill you in the process. This gives you a chance to kill her once and for all.
Kyle heads back, thinking that the worst is over and that the serum wouldn’t transform him into a sentient volatile. As the sun sets, Kyle slowly loses control of himself as he transforms into a volatile right next to a mom and her children just outside of the border, which spreads the virus outside of Harran and causes the outbreak to happen.
15 years later, the events of Dying Light 2: Stay Human happen. From this ending, we can see that Kyle becomes a volatile and is most likely dead at this point. Since this is the canon ending, there’s no reason for us to believe that Kyle Crane is still alive.
In Dying Light 2, we play as Aiden Caldwell instead. However, there are some references to Kyle Crane in the official gameplay trailer. It’s likely that he’s well known at this point and that the developers will probably include easter eggs or references to Kyle Crane in Dying Light 2: Stay Human.