Jeff Ross, the previous SIE Bend Studio director on 2019’s Days Gone, took to David Jaffe’s livestream again on Thursday, a day after tweeting some sales figures for Days Gone that later got here into query. Whatever the numbers, Ross intimated that Days Gone was toast as a result of it had already been judged not successful, by SIE greenlight-givers fixated on games with hit cachet.
“It was clear that [a Days Gone] sequel was a non-starter, and there was nothing within the pitch that made the native supervisor and his boss be ok with it,” Ross instructed Jaffe.
This comment adopted the tweet wherein Ross steered that Days Gone’s gross sales, after a 12 months, mirrored Ghost of Tsushima’s after the identical span, with the latter praised as successful and the previous scorned.
After different video games press picked up on that claim — builders and publishers discussing laborious gross sales figures is as uncommon as a panther sighting — Ross instructed Jaffe that it got here from a now-defunct web site known as Gamestat, which tracked PlayStation Trophy knowledge. Although Ross nonetheless says Bend’s inner telemetry and the Gamestat knowledge have been considerably the identical, it’s potential that used copies, gamers who received the sport free on PlayStation Plus, and different distributions are factored in.
At any fee, Ross felt that Days Gone’s unappealing Metacritic scores meant no gross sales quantity would get SIE’s approval for a sequel. “It was very apparent that we shouldn’t be speaking about Days Gone once we have been engaged on the pitch” for his or her subsequent undertaking, Ross stated.
In June, the chief of PlayStation Studios said SIE Bend is at work on a new IP, though nobody is saying what precisely. Ross instructed Jaffe that at one level he pitched an open-world reboot of Insomniac Video games’ Resistance, the alternate-past sci-fi shooter sequence which last published in 2011.
“There have been all of those open-world loops that we discovered,” Ross instructed Jaffe. “There have been so many facets of that property that lent itself to open-world gameplay.”
Sony bought Insomniac in 2019 and theoretically may ship any of its IPs to every other SIE studio, however this by no means made it previous the blue-sky, convention desk stage. It’s fascinating to notice that, in November, console-exclusive sci-fi shooter Halo went open-world with Halo Infinite, to a favorable critical reception.
Ross left Bend at the end of 2020. Earlier than leaving, he stated phrase got here down that perhaps he and his studio ought to think about rebooting Syphon Filter, the stealth shooter whose last appearance on consoles came in 2007. Ross stated he felt that the studio’s senior management was simply tossing this out to get their minds off doing Days Gone 2.
“It was virtually like a keep-them-busy-type of query: ‘Hey guys, why don’t you give you one thing for Syphon Filter whereas we work out what we’re assured in pitching.’ So, I don’t suppose it was ever real,” Ross stated.