Days Gone Writer and Director Have Departed Bend Studio
Days Gone writer and director have both announced that they've departed Sony Bend Studio following the game's release last year.
In a series of tweets, the writer and director of Days Gone have announced that they’ve both left developer Bend Studio.
“This is my last week at PlayStation and Bend Studio,” said Jeff Ross, director of Days Gone. I’m incredibly proud of all the games I got to make, but also looking forward to new challenges ahead. I’ll post about my plans later, but I’ll be moving to Chicago once COVID calms down.”
This week is my last at @PlayStation and @BendStudio. I’m incredibly proud of all the games I got to make, but also looking forward to new challenges ahead. I’ll post about my plans later, but I’ll be moving to Chicago once COVID calms down. #JeffsGone #DaysGone
— Jeff Ross #DaysGone #PlayStation5 #Sony (@JakeRocket) December 1, 2020
Located in Bend, Oregon, Bend Studio was founded in 1993 and is one of the many talented first-party studios owned by PlayStation. Their first game was Syphon Filer: The Omega Strain, which lead to three more games in the series. From there, they developed Resistance: Retribution for the PSP and Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PlayStation Vita.
John Garvin, writer and director of Days Gone, announced in a Twitter thread that he left Bend Studio following the game’s launch last year. Since his departure from the studio, he says he’s taken a break from the games industry and focused on personal projects.
Garvin goes onto say that “over the past two decades, I helped the studio grow into a major developer, now part of the Sony family. Along the way, I wrote and directed every game from Syphon Filter through Days Gone, including two of my favorites, Resistance: Retribution, and Uncharted Golden Abyss.”
Hi all, a quick announcement: I haven’t spoken about this before for various reasons, but I’m no longer with Bend Studio and haven’t been for over a year. Since Days Gone shipped, I’ve been focusing on personal projects: painting, writing, publishing … (1
— John Garvin (@John_Garvin) December 1, 2020
Days Gone released in April 2019 and it was the most digitally purchased game that month, beating out games like Mortal Kombat 11. This past September, PlayStation announced that the game would be added to the PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 users. Before the PS5 released, Bend Studio announced that the game runs at 60FPS with dynamic 4K. Additionally, your PS4 save file can be transferred to the PS5.
Days Gone is available now on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 through the PS Plus Collection. You can read our review here. Stay tuned to DualShockers for more next-gen coverage.