As is turning into more and more clear, Days Gone 2 was pitched by Sony Bend but was never given the go ahead. Regardless of the primary title being worthwhile, it appears neither the gross sales nor vital reception had been ok to persuade PlayStation bigwigs to make one other one. Talking as a part of a livestream with God of War creator David Jaffe, nonetheless, sport director Jeff Ross – who’s since left the first-party developer for private causes – teased that the sequel would have featured a “shared universe with co-op play”.
“We wished co-op from the start [in Days Gone], however clearly you need to make concessions for what you’re not going to have the ability to do,” Ross revealed, as transcribed by VGC. “It will’ve been a secondary mode if we’d have carried out it within the first one, and even in one other one. I wouldn’t have sophisticated the principle narrative […] as a result of that’s actually what we’re good at. That was the energy of the primary title, so construct on that and make it higher.”
He continued: “However then take this world that you just’ve constructed, and all these property and techniques, and repurpose them for some type of equally themed multiplayer model of this universe. So, [it] can be with guys like Deacon attempting to outlive, build up a clubhouse or a crew. I feel it will be enjoyable to be in that world co-operatively and see what horde battles might be like. It’s one of many issues that we had in our pitch, yeah. It was the thought of a shared universe with co-op play.”
That is additionally the path we envisaged a Days Gone sequel taking: on-line survival video games are completely large lately, and the concept that you’d have the ability to construct camps and bases, handle your crew, and trip out with pals to tackle hordes sounds actually compelling. The irritating factor is that Sony Bend was midway there, actually – most of the mechanics and techniques are already in place to make this work, and a sequel might have actually knocked the idea out of the park.
Ross, who’s certain by NDAs, couldn’t affirm or deny the standing of the sequel – though he did trace that the unique sport merely didn’t carry out properly sufficient in the long run. “For video games the place you need to promote 4 of 5 million copies simply to interrupt even […] there’s obtained to be a confidence within the return, as a result of Sony doesn’t have the money that Microsoft does and so they’ve obtained to make use of it very intelligently and so they’ve obtained to remain centered on a various portfolio,” he admitted.
It’s a disgrace we’ll in all probability by no means see what Sony Bend had in retailer, however perhaps there’s an opportunity PlayStation will revisit the mental property sooner or later – by no means say by no means. Bloomberg reported final week that, after a quick interval serving to Naughty Canine on The Last of Us’ multiplayer mode and a brand new Uncharted sport, it’s now began work on one thing model new. It’ll be thrilling to see what it cooks up.