Days Gone launched with its honest share of issues. The sport’s director, Jeff Ross, has now stated that if Bend Studio had been in a position to make Days Gone 2, he’d have been in a position to make the “definitive edition” of the sport so he “didn’t have to necessarily apologize for so much” for any points.
What was unsuitable with Days Gone?
Ross defined how each gamers and the event staff had points with Days Gone. One of the extra controversial factors throughout QA testing was the saving mechanic that was connected to Deacon’s bike. Some of those points got here from the testing surroundings itself as a result of the builders have been “evaluating it in a vacuum”, as he defined to ForTheWin. Not solely was there stress when the testers discovered they couldn’t save a good quantity of progress as a result of they couldn’t get to the bike, there have been additionally complaints about having to restore it. So gamers wouldn’t must deal with survival mechanics like meals and water provides, these have been transformed to repairing bike harm and discovering gasoline.
The sport’s pacing was additionally described as a “slow burn”. While a few of this was intentional in an try to create an environment much like The Walking Dead the place it might “lull the player into a sense of complacency”, different elements have been a results of the cinematics and voice seize being accomplished too early in growth. With no approach of adjusting these, the staff was “bound by it” and needed to make do with the present materials.
The lack of swimming was additionally an engineering constraint that was later defined by Deacon’s worry of water. During testing, they discovered that 75% of self-inflicted deaths have been brought on by drowning. Surface swimming was proposed however would have taken an excessive amount of further time to place in. As such, water ended up performing as a boundary as a substitute.
Finally, Ross admitted a few of the fight and encounters just like the instant-fail stealth sections have been “terrible”. Again, the staff needed to cope with the constraints of scripting the AI:
With the stealth sections, we needed to preserve the sense of ‘they will shoot on sight’, however we didn’t essentially need to have a shootout as a result of the participant couldn’t kill them. That was the one factor I might actually determine to do, and we tried loads of stuff. For the sequel, these are the sorts of issues I wouldn’t do. I didn’t need to do them right here. I form of needed to, however we’ve the information now.
Unfortunately it looks like the sequel won’t ever materialise. In different information, Ross additionally went into element about their open-world Resistance sport pitch, together with that they advised using the Days Gone world for that sport. Elsewhere, Xbox head Phil Spencer needs there can be (*2*) for abusive gamers, however admits it might be arduous work to implement.