Expect More Info for Days Gone by E3 2017
With all the leaked release dates for games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Destiny 2, they’re becoming more the norm in our line of work. Destiny 2′s leaked release date proved to be true, however, and we’re still months away. This time around, it is Bend Studio’s Days Gone. An Austrian retailer recently listed the game for an August 22nd release date, which also happens to be on a Tuesday (when games usually release).
We must always take these leaks with a grain of salt, but there you have it. Days Gone is listed and available for pre-order in Austria. Now one of two things will likely happen – Either the developer or the retailer will confirm August 22nd as the release date, or, the retailer will take down the listing–probably while issuing some sort of statement.
But, if the release date is true, we now know when to expect one of Sony’s major exclusives. So far this year, PS4 has released a solid batch of them. Days Gone looks to be shaping up as another open-world hit; and yes, it is an open-world game. Bend Studios aims to deliver a unique survival and explorer title, granting a new take on the zombie genre. Albeit, the in-game monsters are not called zombies. We don’t even know if the game’s focus will be human interactions or otherwise. Here is what we do know:
“Set in the beautiful, volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game where you play as Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who would rather risk the dangers of the broken road than live in one of the “safe” wilderness encampments. The game takes place two years after a global pandemic has killed almost everyone, but transformed millions of others into what survivors call Freakers – mindless, feral creatures, more animal than human but very much alive and quickly evolving. In the demo you saw two types of Freaks – Newts, which were adolescents when infected, are opportunistic hunters, preferring to hit and run from the shadows; and a Horde. Made up of hundreds of individual Freakers, Hordes eat, move and attack together, almost as one. Some Hordes roam the highways at night, while others, like the one in the demo, have found a food source that keeps it in a single location. Skills learned in his prior life as an outlaw biker have given Deacon a slight edge in the seemingly never-ending fight to stay alive. But will it be enough?”
In many ways, Days Gone emerges as an immersive sandbox environment that makes use of every facet. Players can interact with virtually every aspect of the environment for scavenging, strategizing, and–most likely–environmental storytelling. We are likely to find out more at E3. Until then, you can check out the previous stream. Happy gaming.