Days Gone director Jeff Ross regrets on Twitter that Sony decided to cancel the sequel to the 2019 title… because it would already be in stores for a month.
It always hurts when a game gets cancelled. But it hurts even more when its predecessor is a success. It is what happens with Days Gone, the exclusive open world that was released for PS4 four years ago. You already know that Sony canceled its sequel, to the detriment of a new IP.
It’s not the first time we’ve talked about Days Gone 2, nor will it be the last. The original title reaped good numbers in its release on PS4 (also two years later on PC), something that Jeff Ross, game director, lamented a few months ago.
Because? Very simple: Sony gave the green light to the sequel to Ghost of Tsushima, a game whose sales were similar to those of Days Gone. However, the company did not give this opportunity to Bend Studio.
Sony’s controversial decision led to the departure of Jeff Ross, director of Days Gone, and the screenwriter. Over time, 90 employees left the SIE study.
Bend Studio is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new IP on the way, which we were hoping to see at the PlayStation Showcase. But no, we will have to wait.
Days Gone 2 would already be in our hands
That’s how it is. After the celebration of the PlayStation Showcase, the director of Days Gone published a tweet that has gone around the world in recent hours. Many gamers regret that Sony decided to cancel this sequel.
According to the statements of Jeff Ross, Days Gone 2 would have been released last month, in April 2023, in case the development had not been truncated.
That’s why Ross is sad, because he can’t stop thinking that his precious Days Gone 2 could be part of this type of event. Let’s remember that now part of Crystal Dynamics.
”I get a little bit put off by these (PlayStation Showcase) shows, because they just remind me that we could have Days Gone 2 a month ago if we’d stuck to it.”
Jeff Ross’s followers asked him if Days Gone 2 could rise from its ashes. The former director of Bend Studio is clear about it: there are very few options.
Mainly, because a lot of time has passed, and also because Bend Studio has lost 90 employees who were committed to developing a sequel.
Furthermore, Jeff Ross claims that a Sony no le importa Days Gone. The company has not seen the IP as a bet for the future for a long time, despite the good sales of the original title.
We’ll never know what Days Gone 2 was going to be like. Ross talks about new open-world mechanics, which made post-apocalyptic environments more spectacular and rich in detail.
A real pity. Following this cancellation, Bend Studio (already without Jeff Ross) works on a new open world IP, with multiplayer elements, and that rescues some aspects of Days Gone. Will it be announced this summer at Summer Game Fest?