Days Gone is Sony’s next big-budget open-world zombie game, and while it does not have a release date yet, a new gameplay footage of the game was revealed at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference. Unlike last year’s more chaotic zombie-ladden reveal trailer, the new gameplay clip focuses on the game’s human enemies.
In a behind-closed-doors session of Days Gone, we were shown the very same mission presented in the gameplay trailer, but with a different setting and approach. In essence, the press demo shows the dynamic and open-world nature of the game, but by the end of the session, Days Gone feels rather…familiar.
Developed by SIE Bend Studio – the very same developer that brought us Uncharted: Golden Abyss – Days Gone is a PlayStation 4 exclusive title. Considering Bend Studio’s previous work with Uncharted, it’s not surprising that this game’s stealth gameplay is akin to The Last of Us.
Much like Naughty Dog’s apocalyptic game, players can craft weapons while engaging enemies in Days Gone. They can also set traps, sneak up on enemies behind covers, and even choose whether to engage enemies head on or to simply sneak past them. Of course, the main difference between the Last of Us and Days Gone is the fact that the latter is an open-world, dynamic game.
The press demo demonstrated this very clearly. The weather, for one, was changed: instead of rain, the mission was done while it was snowing, which affects how enemies and vehicle’s behave. Aside from that, the gameplay demo also took a different approach to completing the mission; we were told that it is up to players how they go about finishing the game’s missions.
Thanks to these two main elements, Days Gone may just offer a gameplay experience unlike any other game of its kind. That being said, we still can’t quite shake the feeling of familiarity with this game. As mentioned, Days Gone plays quite a bit like The Last of Us, and an apocalyptic zombie-infested game is hardly a new concept.
However, there are still more elements of the game that have not been revealed yet. We were told that there will be a skill tree of some sort in this game, and the world of Days Gone will be pretty big – at the very least, big enough to warrant the use of a motorcycle.
It still remains to be seen just when Days Gone will be hitting store shelves. Perhaps more information on the game will be revealed later this year at Tokyo Game Show 2017, which is happening in September.