Revealed during Sony’s epic E3 2016 press conference, Days Gone aims to give the PlayStation Nation the ultimate story driven open-world single-player post-apocalyptic Freaker experience.
One developer thought the game could benefit from a multiplayer mode. That dev team, Saber Interactive, is currently working on the World War Z game for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. After seeing the initial Days Gone reveal, they approached Sony about providing a MP mode for the game — but were ultimately turned down.
Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch explained how it all went down in an interview with Venturebeat.
Days Gone, it’s a single-player experience. At some point, I went to Sony and said, “I’ve seen what you’re doing with Days Gone. Look what we’re doing with World War Z. Maybe we can help you with a multiplayer component.” But they were obviously too focused, and understandably, on what they needed to do to get that game out.
We were already under development when we heard about it. Of course we took a deep sigh, when you know Sony is going to be putting major marketing dollars behind a title that’s highlighting the swarms the way they were. It took a little wind out of our sails. But since then they’ve focused less on those swarm elements and more, I think, on the story aspect of their game. I don’t know if we’re in the clear, is the way to put it, but there’s a market for both games, what we’re both doing.
I hope that game does well. It looks fun to me. The other thing about Days Gone, people keep talking about it, but let’s not forget it’s only going to be on the PlayStation. We’re going to be on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, and we’re multiplayer-focused. I think we complement each other well. I haven’t played their game, so I can’t tell you what it’s like, but I’ll play it when I get the chance.
While Sony has done a phenomenal job this generation with their single-player experiences, I could see how a multiplayer experience could really shine for a game like Days Gone. Picture this. You trying to survive against 7 others players while the Freaker horde is chasing you across the map. Lawdy. Then again, Bend Studio could have made their own MP mode and didn’t. Their vision was most likely always a gripping single-player campaign.
We played Days Gone at E3 2018 and came away impressed. Are you excited for Bend Studio’s newest IP? Let us know in the comments below.
Days Gone releases exclusively on the PS4 on April 26th, 2019.