The physical retail release of upcoming survival horror Dying Light has been delayed.

Developer Techland's spiritual successor to the Dead Island franchise it birthed in 2011 will however still be launched digitally worldwide on its planned 27 January release date.

North American territories are unaffected by the delay and will still have both versions of the game for sale next week.

On the game's official Facebook page a statement said: "There will be a short delay in the release of physical copies of Dying Light in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.

"The game will have a global digital release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC of January 27, 2015. As physical production has a longer lead time than digital, there is some delay in the aforementioned territories. We will share information on the availability of physical copies as soon as it is confirmed."

Dying Light arose in 2012 after Techland split from publisher Deep Silver over the direction of their Dead Island series – which continues this year with Yager Development's Dead Island 2. Techland's new game has been described as an "original game from its very beginning" but does share many of that series' traits, albeit with a darker more serious tone.