Days Gone’s Bend Studio working on new IP, says PlayStation exec

Bend Studio, the maker of 2019’s Days Gone for PlayStation 4, is growing “a very exciting new IP” in lieu of a sequel to the biker gang/zombie survival journey.

That comes from Hermen Hulst, the top of PlayStation Studios, in an interview posted to the PlayStation Blog on Wednesday (during which Hulst additionally mentioned the following God of War sport is delayed to 2022).

Hulst didn’t provide (nor was he requested for) specifics about Bend’s new sport, however did say the studio is “building on the deep open-world systems that they developed for Days Gone.” His remarks successfully verify info from an April report from Bloomberg about Sony’s first-party video video games growth, during which Bend Studio was mentioned to be working on a new sport after its pitch for a Days Gone sequel was shot down in 2019.

Days Gone was a business success however a vital cipher, and the dearth of strongly constructive critiques meant {that a} PlayStation Studios management group fixated on hits gave a thumbs-down for any sequel. The sport nonetheless has a loyal fan base, evinced by an internet petition with greater than 115,000 signatures pleading for a second chapter. Days Gone was additionally just lately ported to Windows PC, changing into the third PS4 unique to get a PC model prior to now yr.

Bend Studio, based in Oregon nearly 30 years in the past and owned by Sony since 2000, has one different franchise to its title: stealth shooter Syphon Filter, whose most up-to-date entry was 2007’s Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow for PlayStation 2. Since then, apart from growing Days Gone, the studio has assisted on different PlayStation tentpoles, delivering PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita variations of Insomniac Games’ Resistance sequence and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise between 2009 and 2012.

Hulst, a co-founder of Horizon Zero Dawn and Killzone maker Guerrilla Games (and previously its managing director), took over PlayStation Studios’ management from Shuhei Yoshida in November 2019.

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