E3 2016: Sony Announces New Open-World Survival Game, Days Gone
One of Sony's many surprises during its E3 press conference today was Days Gone, a new post-apocalyptic zombie game. It looks a little bit like The Last of Us, in that there are zombie-like creatures, except this game features a biker protagonist. The gameplay Sony showed off of it makes it seem like few other zombie games that have come before.
You can watch the gameplay demo of the game below.
In the gameplay demo, the Freakers attacked Deacon in massive hordes, swarming through the environment. According to the PlayStation Blog, they "eat, move, and attack together, almost as one."
As for the background story of the game, you can view it below (via PlayStation blog):
Set in the beautiful, volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game where you play as Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who would rather risk the dangers of the broken road than live in one of the “safe” wilderness encampments. The game takes place two years after a global pandemic has killed almost everyone, but transformed millions of others into what survivors call Freakers – mindless, feral creatures, more animal than human but very much alive and quickly evolving. In the demo you saw two types of Freaks – Newts, which were adolescents when infected, are opportunistic hunters, preferring to hit and run from the shadows; and a Horde. Made up of hundreds of individual Freakers, Hordes eat, move and attack together, almost as one. Some Hordes roam the highways at night, while others, like the one in the demo, have found a food source that keeps it in a single location. Skills learned in his prior life as an outlaw biker have given Deacon a slight edge in the seemingly never-ending fight to stay alive. But will it be enough?
Sony's Scott Rhode said last year that Sony Bend had been working on a number of ideas before landing on a job that the studio could "start massaging it" into a full project, and earlier in 2015 Bend's technical director Christopher Reese said the studio's next title would "blow people away."
Yeah, they were right. This game has literally blown me away! Days Gone looks fascinating, like a cross between the swarms of World War Z and the tense, dark tone of The Last of Us. Here's hoping that the game will be released next year.
Days Gone Announcement Trailer:
Related Game(s): The Last of Us
6/15/2016 2:26:37 AM Drew Constantino