There’s not a great deal known about upcoming action-adventure survival horror game Days Gone, and even after multiple gameplay videos and trailers we still don’t have a release date. What we do know, however, is that PlayStation’s take on Sons of Anarchy meets The Walking Dead will feature many different ways to complete missions, and experience the story.
A new kind of zombie apocalypse
Take on the role of former outlaw biker Deacon St. John: a drifter, a bounty hunter, a wandering vestige of humanity. In world devastated by a global pandemic St. John eschews the ‘safe’ wilderness encampments set up by mankind’s last survivors and takes his chances on the broken roads.
Set against the scarred, volcanic backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone invites you to explore a world ravaged by degenerate human monsters known only as Freakers. Fight your way across the desolate landscape in search of supply, resources and, above all else, a reason to go on. – PlayStation.com
Same mission, different story
Days Gone will feature ‘dynamic events’ during specific times of day, such as the main protagonist, Deacon, being chased by wolves into potential traps. This can play out differently however, as seen in the featured gameplay videos. The game also includes a weather system which dramatically effects the way enemies respond and how the game is played. For instance, Freakers will hunt in packs and will be stronger in certain weather conditions.
The game feels like a combination of The Last of Us, with brutal close quarters combat and overall atmosphere, and Dead Rising, with the amount of choice available to the player with how they approach each scenario. The game will also have a crafting system as well as an upgrade tree, allowing players to use different items and weapons, and detect traps easier with certain abilities.
This, combined with the weather/day and night system, will allow players to approach missions in a variety of ways, using an assortment of traps as well as stealth when necessary. What’s interesting is that events can play out just by watching them instead of getting involved. In the video featured below a lured enemy becomes stuck in a bear trap and starts to scream. Not wanting to alert any nearby Freakers or roguishly handsome biker dudes, one of the gang members shoots their incapacitated ally to prevent further casualties, or so they thought. The difference in the two videos really is night and day (pun may have been intended).
Danger lurks around every corner, and we can’t wait
Back in 2016 the reveal trailer got us all hyped, with what seemed like the insurmountable opposition of an enraged zombie horde, and since then, one thing after another has gone wrong for Deacon, and our interest has piqued. In the words of the developers; “In most open world games, when there’s danger, it’s usually because you’ve brought it on yourself. Days Gone is a dangerous world – always.”
We will have to wait to see what else is included in the game, but all of these additions look promising. A personal favourite of mine so far is how the weather really changes up the gameplay, opening up different tactics to the player. Hopefully the story also lives up to the already high expectations that the game has set for itself.
Days Gone is rumoured to be launching on PlayStation 4 in early 2018. This is due to both SIE Bend Studio and Sony not revealing a concrete release date, or window for the game.