In an interview published today, the head of PlayStation Studios announced that the Days Gone creators at Sony Bend are currently working on a new open-world IP.
It has been known for some time that the Days Gone developers at Sony Bend Studio are working on a new project. As part of a Q&A on the PlayStation Blog, Hermen Hulst, the head of PlayStation Studios, went into this today and specified that the team was currently working on a fresh open-world IP.
Hulst did not reveal too many details about the upcoming game, but in his opinion, this project was “very exciting” and would be really close to the heart of those in charge of the studio. Furthermore, this new IP would fall back on the “deep open-world systems” that Sony Bend had already developed for their zombie open-world game Days Gone.
In general, new IPs are “extremely important” for PlayStation, as they would blow a breath of fresh air through the gaming landscape. Hulst wants studios to take risks and “continually push the boundaries of gaming” while also paying tribute to the company’s history.
This should ensure that games are created “that matter. Games that, probably, wouldn’t have been made anywhere else.” The fact that Sony Bend Studio is now officially working on a new IP lowers the chances of a Days Gone 2, at least for the near future.
Jeff Rose confirmed that the team had been working on a sequel to the open-world game for a short time, but that the project was ultimately discontinued. His colleague John Garvin also criticized players who would not support new games such as Days Gone at full price.
In April, fans also launched a petition to promote a sequel that has now been signed by almost 118,000 people.