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In response to today's PlayStation Showcase, the game director of Days Gone, Jeff Ross, has joined in with the feeling of disappointment by claiming a sequel to the PS4 title could have released last month "if we'd have just stuck to our guns". Of course, Sony Bend is making a new IP now that the platform holder rejected its plans for a Days Gone 2.

Ross' full tweet reads: "I get a little bummed out from these PlayStation Showcase shows because they only remind me we could of had Days Gone 2 out a month ago if we'd have just stuck to our guns."

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Had this been the case, it would have given a Days Gone sequel a roughly four-year development cycle, with the original game releasing in April 2019. As such, you'd have to imagine it would be a follow-up built largely on the foundations of Days Gone, but with some key gameplay improvements. For example, Jeff Ross has in the past described Days Gone 2 as the "definitive version" of the game, with better animal AI and the ability to swim.

"I would add more systems," he said in an interview last year. "Systems are very simple. And if they’re simple, they can be elegant and very rich for the player. I knew adding one or two more layers to the systemic elements of it would have been something that we could have wrapped our heads around, it would have led to a ton of richness for the players and a ton of unique open-world moments and responses that we haven’t seen before. Let’s sink our teeth into this and do something even more epic."

A Days Gone 2 released in 2023 would definitely have boosted Sony's plans for the year, with Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and Helldivers 2 currently slated for the next six months. The only first-party release out of the firm so far has been Horizon Call of the Mountain on PSVR2.