Bend Studios’ first big home console project, Days Gone has been delayed from a release this year until 2019.
The change was snuck out in a little update to the game’s page on the PlayStation website, with a Sony representative then confirming to US Gamer that “Days Gone will now be releasing in 2019 and we will keep you updated on the launch date.”
Days Gone follows biker bounty hunter Deacon St. John in a post-apocalyptic open world adventure filled with rival groups of survivors and an ever-present zombie threat. The game’s E3 2016 unveiling was used to showcase the engine’s ability to handle vast hordes of zombies, and subsequent showings have focussed on how you might try to use different approaches to manipulate the sandbox environments.
While it’s obviously important to let games have enough development time, this decision does bring up the distinct possibility of Days Gone and The Last of Us, Part II releasing in the same year, though no release date has been even hinted at for Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated sequel. However, considering the similarities in setting with zombie-like creatures in both games and a grim battle for survival, it looks like 2019 might be the year of the zombie on PlayStation 4.