Bend Studio, the creator of 2019 Days Gone for PlayStation 4, is developing “a very exciting new IP address” instead of a sequel to the biker / zombie gang survival adventure.
This comes from Hermen Hulst, the director of PlayStation Studios, in a interview published on the PlayStation blog Wednesday (in which Hulst also said the next God of War game is postponed until 2022).
Hulst didn’t provide (and wasn’t asked for) details on Bend’s new game, but said the studio “builds on the deep open world systems they’ve developed for Days Gone.” . His remarks effectively back up information from an April Bloomberg report on Sony’s first-party video game development, in which Bend Studio is reportedly working on a new game after its pitch for a Days Gone the sequel was shot in 2019.
Days Gone was a commercial success but a critical number, and the lack of strongly positive reviews meant that a hit-obsessed PlayStation Studios management group dismissed it straight away. The game still has a loyal fan base, as evidenced by an online petition with over 115,000 signatures pleading for a second chapter. Days Gone was also recently ported to Windows PC, becoming the third PS4 exclusive to get a PC version in the past year.
Bend Studio, founded in Oregon almost 30 years ago and owned by Sony since 2000, has another franchise under its belt: the stealth shooter Siphon Filter, whose most recent entry was in 2007. The siphon filter: The shadow of Logan for PlayStation 2. Since then, in addition to the development Days Gone, the studio has helped on other PlayStation tents, providing PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita adaptations of Insomniac Games’ Resistance series and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise between 2009 and 2012.
Hulst, co-founder of Horizon Zero Dawn and Killzone maker Guerrilla Games (and formerly its CEO), took over the management of PlayStation Studios from Shuhei Yoshida in November 2019.