Sony Bend Studio has disclosed more details regarding its highly-anticipated horror survival game Days Gone. The developers stated that the upcoming PS4-exclusive video game drew inspiration from The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy.
Their similarities are noticeably blatant. Days Gone is an open-world, third-person shooter, which stars a motorcycle-riding protagonist who must deal with a massive zombie infection in Central Oregon.
KTVZ recently caught up with the creative minds behind Days Gone to talk more about what eager fans can expect. Sony Bend director Chris Reese mentioned that players living in the Pacific Northwest will recognize some elements of the game.
For his part, game director Jeff Ross revealed that he and his co-developers are huge fans of The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy. They plucked some aspects of the two shows and combined them to produce new video game IP.
“We’re all fans of the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ TV show,” said Ross. “We’re all fans of zombie content, TV shows and games. We really felt like we had some ideas that haven’t been done in games before.”
Days Gone also drew comparisons to Naughty Dog’s multi-awarded horror survival game The Last of Us. Game aficionados worried that the game would just be a rip-off of the smash-hit 2013 title.
In an interview with Games Radar, Days Gone senior artist Brian Pape reasoned that the game operates at a much larger scale than The Last of Us. The stakes are higher and gameplay is more dynamic.
“I think this is on the opposite end of the spectrum from The Last of Us. It’s more over the top, its more extreme,” he explained. “The sheer number [of zombies] we have shows that. In The Last of Us you’d come across one or two at a time and make your way between them. This is more of a run and gun style, over the top extreme action.”
No official release date for Days Gone has been announced yet. One report claimed that the PS4-exclusive will be available sometime in 2017.