Contrary to comments from Sony bigwig Shuhei Yoshida, Days Gone never really felt like a lock for 2018, did it? We ran a poll last week about the PlayStation 4’s upcoming first-party games, and a whopping 45 per cent of you said you expected Sony Bend’s survival horror to be delayed. Well, looks like you were right.

A page on the official PlayStation website has updated, suggesting that the motorcycle apocalypse will not arrive until next year. To add further precious petrol to the raging inferno, those with Amazon pre-orders have been receiving notifications informing them that the title will now not deploy until 2019. Looks pretty official to us.

To be fair, the title never had a firm window attached to it, and this is probably down to market positioning more than anything. We’ve already seen Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 move out of the franchise’s traditional November slot in order to get out ahead of Red Dead Redemption 2, and we suspect the holidays are about to get very crowded indeed.

A new IP like Days Gone will have more chance to shine in the early part of the New Year. The big headache that Sony’s going to face is that The Last of Us: Part II is almost certainly targeting 2019, too, and the titles already look eerily similar. We foresee some furrowed brows for PlayStation’s marketing department moving forward.

Update: Sony's released an official statement on the subject, and yes, Days Gone has been moved into 2019. "We can confirm that Days Gone will now be releasing in 2019, and we will keep you updated on the launch date," Sony told Eurogamer.

[via playstation.com, resetera.com]