Days Gone was first revealed all the way back at E3 2016, and we're now finally in the month of launch for Sony's game. In this guide to everything we know about the game, we'll be going over the final Days Gone release date, all the Days Gone gameplay that we've seen and played for ourselves so far, and much more.
Days Gone Release Date
Days Gone was actually supposed to originally release at some point in 2018, but was pushed back to 2019 later in the year. Luckily, it now doesn't have to go up against the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2, and will release in a very quiet April 2019.
Bend's new game will be releasing on April 26, 2019. Keep in mind that since Bend is dedicated Sony studio, Days Gone will only be releasing on the PS4.
Days Gone Characters
In Days Gone, players will take on the role of Deacon St. John, a bounty hunter facing an everyday struggle to survive, as well as "searching for a reason to live." The first time we saw Days Gone in 2016 was also the first time we got a look at some gameplay for the game, with Deacon running and gunning his way through a horde of zombies.
With Days Gone leaning into the open world setting in the wake of the apocalypse, there's a whole world out there to explore. There'll ba an entire photo mode within Days Gone that you can take advantage of to showcase the world that Deacon lives in.
The team at @BendStudio breaks down Photo Mode in Days Gone: http://go.redirectingat.com?id=87431X1573192&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FQ5hXjOIuC5 pic.twitter.com/0XBadV6T86- PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 25, 2019
Days Gone Gameplay
Your bike is going to be a huge part of Days Gone. A fuel gauge will let you know how long you've got left until your bike stalls out completely, so you'll need to be constantly searching for more gas, as well as scavenging items from around the world with which to upgrade your bike.
Days Gone doesn't call the creatures that roam the wilderness zombies, but rather "freakers." Hordes of these monster roam the lands, and you're going to have a tough time battling hundreds of them at once as you attempt to stay alive and journey through the vast open world that Bend has created for the game.
Days Gone is the first game from SIE Bend Studio in a long time and the studio's chance to make a real name for itself after working on PS Vita games in the years previous. Sony has generally beaten Microsoft when it comes to developing new IP, although the quality has been mixed.
While the actual location where Days Gone takes place hasn't yet been given a name, the PlayStation page for the game did reveal that players will be able to fully explore an open world, using Deacon's Drifter bike. The game has a full day/night and weather cycle, all of which will somehow affect enemy behaviour. Aside from this, derelict buildings and vehicles can be entered and searched, in an attempt to gather precious resources in the apocalyptic landscape.
This explorable open world, resource gathering/crafting and zombies makes for a game that should appeal to the masses. Zombies seemingly never go out of fashion and what's been shown off so far looks very promising. If Bend can deliver a game that's more than just being overrun by huge waves of zombies, it could have a real hit on its hands.
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