Sony’s beginning to set its sights on its 2019 PlayStation 4 exclusives after a 2018 that was exceptionally high in quality, if not quantity. Things kick off in earnest on April 26th with the arrival of Days Gone, a game that’s been getting mixed previews but is showing increasing signs of promise.
Days Gone developer Sony Bend has released in the first in a series of three videos about Days Gone, this time detailing the massive, dynamic open-world that forms the backdrop for this hog-riding zombie game.
Set within rural Oregon, this gives Sony Bend some license to include the iconic pine forests, snow-covered mountain peaks, and even all the way down to the scarred rock of Oregon’s High Desert. It’d be an outdoorsman’s dream were it not for the roaming hordes of freakers-but-not-zombies-honest, as well as the competing gangs and scavengers trying to survive.
“During the pandemic that killed the world, tens of thousands of survivors fled into the wilderness not realising that it was no safer than the homes, cabins, truck stops, saw mills and small towns they left behind,” writes John Garvin, creative director at Bend Studio. “Freakers, drawn to mass graves dug throughout the Farewell Wilderness, were everywhere. Swarms of Freakers, Hordes of Freakers – all looking to feed.”
I have to say, it’s certainly the world itself and motorcycle element that’s piquing my interest. I can take or leave the zombies but the world itself could be great, and varied, to explore, provided Bend gets Days Gone’s motorcycle handling just right.
Along with the trailer we’ve also got a few tidbits on the Days Gone Special and Collector’s editions that’ll be available. Pre-order Days Gone and you’ll unlock some upgrades earlier (read: break the game), while the Special Edition features a steelbook, soundtrack, and art book. If you’re feeling particularly flush (and brave), the Days Gone Collector’s Edition includes a motorbike statue, set of patches, six pins, and four decals.
Days Gone is out on April 26th for PlayStation 4.