If the public ever gets to see the Days Gone 2 game, the sequel may feature a shared universe and co-op play.
Just days after reports that Sony has passed on Days Gone 2 to focus on more blockbuster franchises in their transition to the Playstation 5 era, Jeff Ross, the game’s director, has confirmed some of the details of their pitch. Notably, however, he stopped short of confirming the report that Sony passed on the game, citing his non-disclosure agreement.
“It would’ve been a secondary mode if we’d have done it in the first one, or even in another one,” Ross said of Days Gone 2 via Game Informer. “I wouldn’t have complicated the main narrative… because that’s really what we’re good at. That was the strength of the first title, so build on that and make it better.”
He added, “But then take this world that you’ve built, and all these assets and systems, and repurpose them for some sort of similarly themed multiplayer version of this universe. So [it] would be with guys like Deacon trying to survive, building up a clubhouse or a crew. I think it would be fun to be in that world cooperatively and see what horde battles could be like.”
Ross is no longer with Bend Studio after leaving in December 2020 to join NetherRealm to work on Mortal Kombat.
As a Days Gone defender, I’m not mad Days Gone 2 is not happening. I don’t feel like I need to revisit that universe or those characters in any way. The learnings of the DG will probably still carry over to whatever they make next!
— Nick Verge (@NicolasVerge) April 9, 2021
Although fans are pessimistic based on recent reports, the game’s status is still up in the air. Fans of the game have launched an online petition to compel Sony to approve Days Gone 2, signed by over 7,000 fans as of this writing.
The studio is still at work for Sony. Previously, they helped another studio complete work on Uncharted. Currently, they are developing a new franchise of their own. The shared universe and co-op play of the Days Gone sequel could still see the light of day. Although, that’s looking increasingly unlikely.