It was one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated PS4 exclusives, and Days Gone was released to great fanfare in April this year.
SIE Bend Studio’s open world zombie game wasn’t so rapturously received by reviewers (its low 70s Metacritic score is evidence of this), but this did not stop plenty of PS4 owners from picking up the game.
Actually, the PlayStation exclusive topped the UK charts in its debut week, an impressive feat taking into account it was going against heavyweights like FIFA and Red Dead Redemption 2.
And it seems quite a few players enjoyed this zombie apocalypse game set in the US Midwest and Deacon St. John’s (the game’s protagonist) story, as Days Gone recently picked up the PlayStation Game of the Year award at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards.
These awards are voted for by the games playing public, so it is very significant that Days Gone won this award – something which can’t have gone unnoticed by publisher Sony.
This coupled with the fact that the game was a best-seller this year suggests a sequel is likely, and as a matter of fact Bend Studio is currently working on a new game project which recently entered pre-production as was recently reported on GamesRadar. Could this unannounced video game be a Days Gone sequel?
Also, Bend Studio director Chris Reese sure seems open to the idea of a sequel to its zombie game as he recently told GamesRadar in an interview. “This is a world that we want to keep breathing more life into, and explore many, many different avenues. So who knows, we’ll see!”, said Bend Studio’s boss.
Another Days Gone game will almost certainly launch on the PS5, although it remains to be seen whether it will be cross-gen and also get a PS4 release. Another thing, though, is whether it will still be a zombie apocalypse game and bring back characters from the first game, and whether it will top its predecessor in terms of quality.
Days Gone took inspiration from games like Far Cry 5 and The Last of Us, but still felt like a generic open world game, without much personality of its own. But even if Days Gone 2 is likely to offer more of the same, hopefully it will bring enough new ideas and refinements to the table to make it a great game when it lands sometime in the future.