Days Gone, the first PS4 game from Oregon-based developer Bend Studio, was first revealed back at E3 2016, closing out the Sony showcase with a gameplay demo, featuring the main protagonist fighting a horde of zombies.
The game may have gone somewhat dark since then, making a rather similar (albeit 4K) appearance at Sony's PS4 Pro reveal event, but we'll still put together all the news on Days Gone right here for you. We'll update the page as soon as we catch wind of any additional information.
Days Gone Essential Info
- Release Date: TBC 2019
- Platforms: PS4/PS4 Pro Exclusive
- Price: TBC Full Price
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE)
- Developer: SIE Bend Studio (Previously Created: Syphon Filter series, Resistance: Retribution, Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Genre: Open World Action Survival (with zombies)
Update: 13/06/2017 - Days Gone E3 2017 Trailer Analysis
Sony showed off a chunk of brand new gameplay footage for Days Gone in their E3 2017 presentation, and you can see the trailer for yourself just below.
We've analysed the trailer for some interesting new features revealed for Days Gone, all of which we've listed for you just below:
- Deacon is pursued by wolves out in the wild, which we can only assume will occur more often than this single encounter seen in the trailer.
- Our protagonist was thrown off his bike, and then had to engage in a quick-time event with two hostiles, confirming that these will be used when Deacon is being held down by an enemy.
- You can use bushes out in the wildlife to hide from enemies, taken them out when they draw near. Deacon can also lay bear traps, and lure his enemies to specific locations with throwable objects, and we saw these two features go hand in hand for a painful result.
- The player can use the zombie horde against human enemies, as Deacon could be seen baiting a large crowd of zombies towards an encampment, using this opportunity to sneak by the massacre.
- If you thought humanoid zombies were intimidating, then think again, for a gigantic zombie bear was shown off at the end of the trailer, complete with barbed wire tied up all around its body. This could mean that we can encounter other zombified forms of wildlife in Days Gone, like zombie deers or zombie racoons.
Days Gone Release Date
Days Gone had been expected to be released in 2018, but on March 9 Sony confirmed that the new Days Gone release date is at some point in 2019. A reason for the delay wasn't given, but if the game was looking likely for a Fall release, moving it away from Red Dead Redemption 2 is a smart move.
What's Days Gone About?
According to the official PlayStation website, 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 gameplay demo from E3 2016 was our first look at Deacon, as he hunted down a bounty and then come face to face with the horde.
Days Gone was first unveiled in a gameplay reveal demo at E3 2016, where we saw protagonist Deacon riding around the open world on his bike, before heading into a construction area to take out a bounty target.
At the very start of the demo, Deacon gets on his bike, and we can see a fuel gauge in the bottom left, next to the mini map, meaning players will likely have to manage how much fuel they use at any given time in the open world.
Deacon can also be seen scavenging parts from broken vehicles, and fending off some feral wolves, meaning the wildlife may play a factor in Days Gone. The environment can also be utilised against the zombie horde, by way of cutting loose piles of tree trunks to block their path, or using molotov cocktails in enclosed environments to dramatic effect.
Outside of this, Days Gone was once again shown off in September 2016, when studio head Chris Reese spoke about the advantages of the PS4 Pro at the console reveal event. Reese spoke about the impact a more powerful PS4 could have on the lighting and the visuals of the game, all of which you can see in the video just below.
Will Days Gone be any Good?
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.
Outside of all the information stated above, we still have no idea when Sony Bend's Days Gone will be releasing on PlayStation 4. But be sure to bookmark this page, as we'll be updating if with all new information as soon as Sony breaks its silence.
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