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Days Gone Devs Wanted to Make an Open World Resistance Game

January 7, 2022

During a chat with God of War’s David Jaffe, Days Gone Game Director Jeff Ross mentions that he would have loved to have worked on an open-world Resistance game.

Even though Days Gone was released in April 2009, the post-apocalyptic title is never too far from the gaming news headlines. When the game by Bend Studio was initially released, quite a lot of critics didn’t take too kindly to it which meant low review scores, hurting the press coverage of the title.

Coming in for another chat with David Jaffe, best known for his contribution to the Twisted Metal and God of War franchises, Days Gone devs Jeff Ross and John Garvin gave an open and frank account about their criticism from management at the time and also how an open-world Resistance game pitch was turned down.

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According to Ross, the local management studio wasn’t interested in developing Days Gone 2 but did mention Syphon Filter. Ross, for good reasons, declined that pitch stating “I’ve zero ideas on how to reboot Syphon Filter”.

“Are there any other IPs that we have that we can use? And the only one we had was Syphon Filter. But honestly, I have zero ideas on how to reboot Syphon Filter, I was not interested in that at all. The pitch I was making was open-world Resistance (which) would be f**king rad.” replied Ross.

Ross continued “All these open-world loops that we figured out. It almost wrote itself with Resistance or so many aspects of that property that lends itself to open-world gameplay. They weren’t interested in that either, and I don’t know how well it sold. They were interested in almost anything but a Days Gone 2.”

Ross quoted a tweet on January 5 regarding Ghost of Tsushima‘s 8 million copies sold success which spurred on the discussion in question with Jaffe. In the tweet, Ross mentions how Days Gone had sold eight million copies worldwide in just 19 months, despite the fact Sony chiefs had given his team the impression the game wasn’t a success which, naturally, felt like a kick in the teeth to Jeff.

Although it seems extremely unlikely given everything we’ve heard, Ross replied on Twitter when asked if there would ever be a Days Gone sequel, “won’t happen anytime soon” but that fans should never say never.

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Rachael (She/Her), who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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