Days Gone may not have been a massive success with critics across the world, but the Play Station exclusive looks likely to get a sequel following success with consumers around the world. Many had believed that any chance of the sequel were gone after critics lamented the game, but at the end of the day, the success with the fans is what makes a solid game.
The game’s technical director Christopher Reese admitted that second game could be the potential route taken. After the Golden Joystick awards, he said: “This is a world that we want to keep breathing more life into and explore many, many different avenues. So, who knows, we’ll see!”
While this may not have been the confirmation that many fans had been hoping for, it does at least show that the door is open, and Sony Bend want to explore the fans’ passion for it. The sales for the game speak for themselves, and there is clearly a passion from the studio to continue the story. It would seem that a sequel would be what is best for all parties, and especially for fans.
Despite the mixed reviews of the game, Days Gone was the best-selling game in the United Kingdom for the week that it was released, while it also went on to be the best-selling software release for three consecutive weeks. Further afield it also enjoyed success.
In Japan, Days Gone outsold two other PS4 exclusive games on its launch, with both God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn both lagging behind Days Gone. Not just that, but it also surpassed the lifetime sales totals of The Last Guardian and God of War. In the first three days following its release, the game sold around 114,319 units.
Across the pond, it also achieved success as it became the second best-selling video game for the month of April. It was only beaten by Mortal Kombat 11 in North America. This ensured that Days Gone was the seventh-highest debut for a Sony title, and the best-selling game developed by Sony Bend. Not just that, but it went on to become the second best-selling video game software in North America for April, and also was the eighth best-selling video game of the entire year.
The success continued at the Golden Joystick Awards when Days Gone was nominated for four awards. The game won two of the awards that it was nominated for, and these were the Best Storytelling and PlayStation Game of the Year. It also won the Best Visual Design at the Independent Games Developers’ Association Awards and is nominated for two further awards at the upcoming Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
At the upcoming ceremony is has been nominated for the Best Original Score and Original Song. The latter of which is for the song ‘Hell or High Water’. It is unlikely to predict whether the game will win either of those categories due to both having stiff competition. But regardless, it has excelled among fans.