Days Gone 2 could have had co-op play, Days Gone game director Jeff Ross revealed.
Speaking with God of War creator David Jaffe during a live stream (as transcribed by VGC), Jeff Ross said that he had been working on a release for Days Gone 2, but did not believe the status of a Possible follow-up had even been confirmed, which meant that his confidentiality agreement with Sony prevented him from discussing the matter further. Ross eventually left Sony Bend, citing personal reasons that “had nothing to do with the state of the sequel.”
While Ross didn’t comment on the future of the series, he did reveal a few factors that could have led Sony to think twice about ordering another game. Sony Bend nearly tripled in size during development, from 45 to 120 employees, and while the initial project budget was “large,” the final cost was “a much higher number.” Sony never released sales figures for Days Gone, but Ross described the game as a commercial success despite its critical reception, calling it a “bloodbath.”
Ross also outlined some of the features that could have made their way into a potential sequel, including “a shared universe with cooperative play,” as well as some sort of base-building mechanics.
A report from last week stated that Sony Bend’s release of Days Gone 2 had been unsuccessful after the 2019 release, and that the studio was now working on a new project. Ross did not comment on those claims, but he corroborated the report’s claim that parts of the study had been assigned to work with Naughty Dog. According to the report, those projects were an Uncharted game and another multiplayer title, but those details have not been confirmed either.
Sadly, Ross’s nondisclosure agreement with Sony means that this discussion raises more questions than it answers, but it’s interesting to get an idea of the development costs associated with a major Sony publication. The door doesn’t appear to have officially closed in Days Gone 2, but given that the first game went over budget for a Metacritic score well below what Sony typically expects from its original games, it doesn’t look like the future of the series. it is particularly bright.
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