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Bend Studio pitched Days Gone 2 but Sony said no

Published: 12:02, 09 April 2021
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SIE Bend Studio have unsuccessfully tried to pitch a sequel to their zombie survival shooter Days Gone in 2019 according to reports. Sony felt that the development of the original was lengthy and the critical reception wasn't as they have hoped.

The latest report from Bloomberg has revealed some interesting details about Sony's first-party studios who are not quite happy with the treatment they are getting from the Japanese giant. The report reveals that Days Gone creators SIE Bend Studio have unsuccessfully tried to pitch a sequel for their zombie horror action game. 

According to the report, Sony decided that Days Gone 2 is not a viable option due to its lengthy development and mixed critical reception, despite being profitable. Furthermore, one team at the Oregon-based studio was then assigned to help Naughty Dog with a multiplayer game while a second group was assigned to work on a new Uncharted game with supervision from Naughty Dog.

The report states that many devs including studio heads were not happy with this arrangement and simply left. Days Gone Directors Jeff Ross And John Garvin have both left Bend Studio in December 2020 and perhaps, Sony's strict decisions are one of the reasons for their departure. 

Sony Key art for SIE Bend Studio's open world survival Days Gone Days Gone, key art

Bend's developers also feared that they might be absorbed into Naughty Dog which lead to a conversation between Sony and Bend studio leadership, where they asked to be taken off the Uncharted project.

Apparently, they got their wish last month and are now working on a new game of their own.

You can check the full report here.

Days Gone, open world zombie survival game by SIE Bend

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