The PS4 has already had a great year in terms of big titles coming to it like Devil May Cry, Anthem, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Resident Evil 2 Remake. But the good times aren’t done yet, because Days Gone is the next exclusive coming to the system, and it’s coming out on April 26th. The game isn’t your typical zombie apocalypse title either, the team is working hard to make sure you feel like a part of the world in the ways that matter.
According to Jeff Ross in a talk with Game Spot, even the little things that you do in the overworld will affect everything at large:
“We wanted to make sure there was very little dissonance in the open world and the story,” said Ross. “We haven’t really shown a lot of the main story yet, but everything you do in this world matters for an important reason. The Storylines mechanics was a way to kinda emphasize advancing the smaller threads in the larger storyline. It’s a way for us to connect the open world activities that the player is doing and kinda frame it in a way that shows why it matters. There is a really tight integration between the two–the story and the open world systems.”
But don’t worry, the story will still resonate, they wanted to make sure that it lived up to the legacy of other PS4 exclusives:
“I can tell you that when it comes to making a Sony first-party PS4 AAA exclusive, there’s a heavy emphasis on character-driven storylines and narratives,” added Creative Director John Garvin elsewhere in the interview. “You see a little bit of that in the demo, where you might see the storyline where you meet this girl you have to rescue. Last time I beat the game, it took me 30 plus hours to beat the golden path. That’s one of the things we’ve been doing at Bend Studio for all these years; Character-driven experiences, and Days Gone is absolutely no exception.”
You’ll see for yourself when the game arrives in April.