Days Gone Alternate E3 2017 Demo Playthrough Shows How Weather and More Alter Your Experience

More details on PS4 exclusive Days Gone emerge thanks to a new alternate playthrough of the game's E3 2017 demo.

July 13, 2017

Today, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer SIE Bend Studio (Sony Bend) released a new alternate playthrough of the E3 2017 demo it showed during the aforementioned’s presser. It’s the same one that was shown to press behind closed doors at the show, and not only shows off more gameplay, but reveals some interesting tidbits about the game.

One of the key things the E3 2017 demo during the presser showed (and focused on) was the game’s open-world dynamic events, and how the game can change depending on how you react to these events and what decisions you make based off them.


The behind closed doors alternate playthrough changes up the weather, time-of-day, and play style, with the goal of showing such things are not mere cosmetic luxuries — but have significant impact on the experience.

The video features John Gavin Creative Director at Sony Bend and Sam Witwe, who plays Deacon St. John guiding the demo. The pair reveal that snow specifically will impact your ability to ride your Drifter Bike. Further, the cold makes Freakers (the game’s zombie-like enemies) stronger, rain dampens sound but brings out more Freakers (especially at night), and changes the behaviors of Marauders, and more.

Survival vision is also showcased, a tool you can use to to focus on the environment around you and discover, tracks, clues, and resources. Further, the video discusses and shows crafting, traps, and general dynamic events like ambushes.

Lastly, the alternate playthrough touches on the genesis of Deacon’s character over the last three years of development and some of the challenges Sam faced as an actor to create the character.

According to Gavin, Sony Bend will be talking more about the game — including Deacon’s story — in “the coming months.”

Days Gone is in development exclusively for PS4, and currently has no release date. Below, you can check out the new video:

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