Fans hoping for a Days Gone sequel might have had their hopes dashed this week. Two devs who were central to the zombie survival game’s creation announced on Tuesday they are no longer with Bend Studio, the company behind the title.
John Garvin, the Days Gone and Syphon Filter director, took to Twitter to announce he’s been gone for a while now. He just hadn’t let the public know until now.
“I haven’t spoken about this before for various reasons,” Garvin wrote. “But I’m no longer with Bend Studio and haven’t been for over a year. Since Days Gone shipped”
Hi all, a quick announcement: I haven’t spoken about this before for various reasons, but I’m no longer with Bend Studio and haven’t been for over a year. Since Days Gone shipped, I’ve been focusing on personal projects: painting, writing, publishing … (1
— John Garvin (@John_Garvin) December 1, 2020
He said he’s taken a break from the game industry.
This week is my last at @PlayStation and @BendStudio. I'm incredibly proud of all the games I got to make, but also looking forward to new challenges ahead. I'll post about my plans later, but I'll be moving to Chicago once COVID calms down. #JeffsGone #DaysGone
— Jeff Ross #DaysGone #PlayStation5 #Sony (@JakeRocket) December 1, 2020
About five minutes after Garvin’s announcement, another of the Bend Studio directors announced his departure. Jeff Ross is finishing up the week and then leaving the company. He doesn’t appear to be leaving the gaming industry and tweeted that he’ll shed light on his plans later. He did add he’s moving to Chicago once the pandemic calms down.
Two members of the team leaving seems to put a potential Days Gone sequel in limbo, if not in jeopardy. Bend never confirmed such a game is in the works, but it has enough of a following that there was interest there from the Sony fan base.
There’s also no guarantee two devs from the original team leaving means there isn’t a way to move on without them. Still, two developers announcing their departure within five minutes of each other does seem to be saying … something.
Days Gone Sequel Dead Before It Had a Chance?
One reason hopes for a sequel ramped up over the last few months is because Sony included the title in the recently released PS Plus Collection.
Since it’s release, there’s been plenty of talk about some of its mechanics and how they should be included in future Bend Studio and Sony games.
Were you hoping for a Days Gone sequel? Do you think chances of that happening are dead now? Let us know in the comments.