Sony’s open world zombie survival title, Days Gone, is the first PS4 exclusive releasing in 2019. Naturally, there is a lot of excitement and hype built around it. Considering what we saw of the game so far, it might live up to the development team’s earlier promise of “pushing the PlayStation 4 to its limits.”
Well, Game Director Jeff Ross and Creative Director John Garvin were recently featured in an interview with Gamespot, where Ross proceeded to explain the team’s efforts in connecting both Days Gone’s stroy with its open-world. The team aimed for a “really tight integration” between both, to keep the player immersed and engaged. Meanwhile, Garvin highlighted Sony’s “heavy emphasis on character-driven storylines and narratives,” which definitely shows in the game’s story trailers.
Ross: I’m glad you noticed the Storylines. We wanted to make sure there was very little dissonance in the open world and the story. 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.
Garvin: 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. 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.
Recently, the studio shared an emotional trailer highlighting a younger Deacon and Sara saying their vows. Days Gone releases exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on April 26.
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