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Days Gone

Sony have been making quite an impression with their first party titles this gen, Production values are always high, voice overs, animation, graphics etc inevitably show a high level of polish often missing in 3rd party offerings.

So with this in mind I always keep one eye on any incoming Sony title, and the next game off the rank so to speak, will be Days Gone. launching in the not so distant future, April 26th to be exact.

Early impressions have seemed a little underwhelming, another Zombie game, with what seemed dubious frame rate issues and generic game play, To a large part I had accepted this game might not be hitting the heights of previous Sony titles, and this game dropped off my radar. Until now.

It would seem the developers Sony Bend have been hard at work, and have in fact built something pretty special, creating a game worthy of any gamers consideration.

At a recent hands on arranged for the gaming press, reports are showing a much more fleshed out game, frame rate issues are a thing of the past, with far more involved and enjoyable game play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7Dl2aBONSQ

The general consensus is this game now has real potential, we will see

posted on 11/3/19

comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 5 hours, 38 minutes ago
You can't have it all ways Tamwolf, you either give the developers the time they need, or you accept below par games.

To be fair 3 years is about the time needed to create a AAA game, so it isn't that far behind. Unlike say Dreams which was touted for the PS3 and then shifted to PS4, and we still have no release date. Now that is dedication to quality.
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I don’t need to have it all ways. Developers shouldn’t announce a game with gameplay footage, that isn’t ready and is then going to be delayed for three years from that announcement. People will lose interest.

I know you love to defend developers, but they made a massive error hyping it up when they did. They have lost all momentum created from that and are having to start again.

posted on 11/3/19

comment by Simon West (U1830)
posted 4 hours, 50 minutes ago
Was it delayed 3 years? I remember thats when we first heard about it - thought it was just delayed from last year?
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They announced it at E3 2016 with gameplay footage. I believe the initial date they gave for release was October 2016 and it have been moved back repeatedly since then.

I remember the dates because I moved jobs in July 2016, so E3 came round that year when I was working my notice period. I sat and watched most of the presentations on YouTube at work.

posted on 11/3/19

comment by Tamwolf (U17286)
posted 5 minutes ago
comment by Simon West (U1830)
posted 4 hours, 50 minutes ago
Was it delayed 3 years? I remember thats when we first heard about it - thought it was just delayed from last year?
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They announced it at E3 2016 with gameplay footage. I believe the initial date they gave for release was October 2016 and it have been moved back repeatedly since then.

I remember the dates because I moved jobs in July 2016, so E3 came round that year when I was working my notice period. I sat and watched most of the presentations on YouTube at work.
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Really I don't remember that at all. Just early game play footage of the game in Alpha....

And just looking the game started dev in 2015 which means there was never a 2016 release date. At the earliest would have been 2018

posted on 11/3/19

I think we simply need to disagree Tamwolf. I'm sure they have targets for a games release, but if the game isn't ready, then I applaud them for not rushing a game out.

It's not an exact science, people would equally lose interest in an unfinished and buggy game, although I accept the point you make, I think the developers are right to delay.

posted on 11/3/19

comment by Simon West (U1830)
posted 1 hour, 10 minutes ago
comment by Tamwolf (U17286)
posted 5 minutes ago
comment by Simon West (U1830)
posted 4 hours, 50 minutes ago
Was it delayed 3 years? I remember thats when we first heard about it - thought it was just delayed from last year?
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They announced it at E3 2016 with gameplay footage. I believe the initial date they gave for release was October 2016 and it have been moved back repeatedly since then.

I remember the dates because I moved jobs in July 2016, so E3 came round that year when I was working my notice period. I sat and watched most of the presentations on YouTube at work.
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Really I don't remember that at all. Just early game play footage of the game in Alpha....

And just looking the game started dev in 2015 which means there was never a 2016 release date. At the earliest would have been 2018
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Here is the video they launched at E3 2016.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JrEyR55JKrQ

They definitely did not set a 2018 release date, otherwise I would be bothered about the delays. The YouTube video description reckons 2017 and March 2017 rings a bell.

posted on 11/3/19

comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 48 minutes ago
I think we simply need to disagree Tamwolf. I'm sure they have targets for a games release, but if the game isn't ready, then I applaud them for not rushing a game out.

It's not an exact science, people would equally lose interest in an unfinished and buggy game, although I accept the point you make, I think the developers are right to delay.
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I agree they did the right thing if the game was buggy, although some of the delays this year are actually because they didn’t want to release at the same time Anthem or other games that create competition. That said, it doesn’t mean they did the right thing in announcing when they did or that fans won’t lose interest and they lose all the momentum they originally generated.

Rockstar got it spot on with RDR2 and keeping their cards close to their chest. If developers are going to start using E3 to showcase games that won’t be ready for 3 or more years, then I will lose interest in that event too.

posted on 12/3/19

E3 will be a less interesting this year, as Sony are not attending.

posted on 12/3/19

comment by Tamwolf (U17286)
posted 17 hours, 15 minutes ago
comment by Amigawolf no longer MIA (U18508)
posted 5 hours, 38 minutes ago
You can't have it all ways Tamwolf, you either give the developers the time they need, or you accept below par games.

To be fair 3 years is about the time needed to create a AAA game, so it isn't that far behind. Unlike say Dreams which was touted for the PS3 and then shifted to PS4, and we still have no release date. Now that is dedication to quality.
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I don’t need to have it all ways. Developers shouldn’t announce a game with gameplay footage, that isn’t ready and is then going to be delayed for three years from that announcement. People will lose interest.

I know you love to defend developers, but they made a massive error hyping it up when they did. They have lost all momentum created from that and are having to start again.
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This is what happened to The Division

posted on 12/3/19

And this is also happening with Death Stranding. Kojima or not, It seriously needs to go dark for a couple of years.

Last of us has done pretty well I think - just a few things.

But yeh I think Sony made a bit of a boo boo in 2016 and shared too much with us - seemed amazing at the time but when Dev times for most triple As are hitting around 5 - 6years there is definitely a case of too soon.

posted on 12/3/19

Fallout 4 is still the one to beat re the perfect reveal and launch in this modern era

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