Developer Sony Bend Studio has revealed some new information about its upcoming game Days Gone, including the length and some gameplay features.
In a rapid-fire interview with Game Informer, creative director John Garvin stated that the game’s “golden path” will take players 30 hours to complete, with more gameplay content available following completion of the story. The story, which is split into several chapters, will reveal the source of the global infection. On that note, Garvin urged that the word “zombie” is never mentioned in the game; the creatures are called “freakers”. The game will feature playable flashbacks, as well as boss fights, of which the final is against a human enemy. Large metropolitan areas, with a population of at least 800, appear throughout the game’s world.
When asked if he was “sick of [The] Last of Us comparisons”, Garvin responded affirmatively, noting that the two games are similar only in the fact that they are both “third-person action adventure game[s] where you’re killing creatures”.
In regards to gameplay, Garvin stated that, while the game does not allow for outfit customisation, the player’s motorcycle can be upgraded, including the paint job, exhaust, handling, and speed boosts. While exploring the game world and building up encampments, players can communicate with home base on the motorcycle. The game will feature some motorcycle chases, during which points are granted for stunts, and allows players to fast travel to locations.
Days Gone is confirmed to run at 30 frames-per-second on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The title includes weather patterns and cycles, and Garvin stated that a Photo Mode has not yet been implemented. Gameplay statistics will be available to players, including zombie kills, and players collect credits as currency. The game does not have a multiplayer mode.
Days Gone will release in early 2019 for PlayStation 4. The game will not have a big showing at E3 next month, according to Garvin.
Earlier this week, Sony Bend posted a job listing looking for a gameplay programmer for a “new AAA PlayStation 4 exclusive” with a “working title,” but Days Gone appears to be the studio’s priority.