Yes, it’s official – Days Gone has been delayed by Sony. The hyped up exclusive will not be released as soon as fans originally thought – and Sony has revealed that the rescheduling is due to their intensive line-up of upcoming titles.
The game publisher officially provided updates for various titles in development in an official post on the PlayStation Blog. The vice president of marketing at Sony Interactive Entertainment America, Asad Qizilbash, was the one to confirm that Days Gone will be released two months later than originally planned. The initial release date was February 22, 2019, but it has now been scheduled for April 26, 2019.
In the blog post, Sony revealed that the company has made the decision to postpone the game’s release in order to help the studio transfer out of a busy period and give Sony Bend some more time to finalize the game. Looking at the previous releases from Sony Interactive, there’s no surprise that they’re asking for a bit more time after going through promotions for the likes of Spiderman, Detroit: Become Human, and God Of War. In his statement, Qizilbash explained;
“We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeframe to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone.”
Days Gone is an action-adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic open world which focuses on the character of a biker named Deacon St. John. Deacon is a former outlaw and bounty hunter who takes to preferring to travel on the road after the world has been ravaged by a global pandemic, leaving zombie-like hordes of creatures.
So, what does this mean for the game itself? Like many of its counterpart titles released by Sony, it’s expected to just be as successful, if not more so now that it’s going to be developed further. After the game’s stage demo at E3 earlier this year, many fans thought that the narrative and gameplay were both somewhat lacking depth. However, hopes are still very high for the final version of the game. Ideally, this extended release period will give the developer some further time to really polish the title, which is what they’re aiming for.
Generally, a delayed release date could have been expected somewhere along the line, and it seems that Days Gone was just the best option for Sony to extend. As some fans have stated, the Days Gone showcase at E3 was underwhelming, perhaps it’s for the best that we do not get a game that’s rushed.