Last Friday the news broke: PlayStation would have prevented the development of Days Gone 2 to allocate its studio to support work with Naughty Dog, although now they have also allowed them to work on a new unknown IP. These are not unsubstantiated speculations, they come from journalist Jason Schreier, who has proven time and again to be one of the most reliable sources in the industry. His article, which also mentioned the existence of a remake of The Last of Us, quickly spread like wildfire, even reaching Jeff Ross himself, co-director of Days Gone who is now part of NetherRealm Studios.
As part of David Jaffe’s podcast, the former Bend Studio member confirms that he did indeed propose a Days Gone 2 to Sony. As explained in the podcast, Ross wanted this sequel to be a game with cooperative online functions and a shared universe, two elements that they already wanted to implement in the original, but could not carry them out. All this starting from the base of the first Days Gone and improving on those aspects of the game most criticized.
Jason's source is crazy high up in the chain of command.
I mean, it doesn't HAVE to mean that but it seems likely.
Or am I missing something?
TL;DR- Hey @Hasbro hear me out: CLUE-PLAYSTATION EDITION! Come ON!!!!
— David Jaffe (@davidscottjaffe) April 12, 2021
Jeff Ross wanted a sequel with a co-op and shared universe
While Jason Schreier’s article points out that Sony rejected this proposal, Jeff Ross simply claims that he cannot confirm anything about it due to their nondisclosure agreements, but has made it clear that his departure from PlayStation and Bend Studio is not related in any way. some with the sequel to Days Gone.
Did Days Gone 2 get to be in development at some point?
An important detail of the story of Jason Schreier is that Days Gone 2 remained in a simple proposal, without actually starting its development. And in fact, Jeff Ross never claims that Days Gone 2 was in development . However, a misinterpretation of his words on the networks led some fans to believe that Ross did indeed confirm that the game was in development when he left. And, as you can imagine, all this led to controversy. With attacks from users on social networks, accusing Jason Schreier of making up his article, the journalist responded on ResetEra stating that “I have not seen the video [podcast], but Jeff Ross has said that Days Gone 2 was in production when he left, he was not telling the truth. “
[Schreier] has the luxury of being able to be more honest than I am allowed to – Jeff Ross
Indeed, Jeff Ross never said that in the video , so neither one nor the other have contradicted his versions, nor have they called themselves liars. In fact, while Schreier’s response led to even more attacks from fans, Jeff Ross’s reaction to it is much more cordial. “Remember that Jason Schreier is a journalist who takes his work seriously. And he has the luxury of being able to be more honest than I am allowed to ,” which is a subtle way of saying that he cannot pronounce on certain topics with the same freedom as Schreier because of his confidentiality agreements.
Appreciate it, Jeff
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) April 11, 2021
Controversy aside, the fact is that Jeff Ross has confirmed that, indeed, Bend Studio proposed a Days Gone 2 to Sony; and that his departure was not due to the status of the project : “I just got to a point where I felt like I had reached my peak, and that I probably couldn’t go any higher,” Ross commented on the podcast. Interestingly, the first Days Gone is one of the PS Plus games in April , a chance to get a taste of this open-world biker and zombie adventure, though there doesn’t appear to be a sequel on the horizon. If