In a quick post update over on the PlayStation Blog, it’s been revealed that Sony Bend’s third-person, open-world, zombie survival game, Days Gone, has been pushed back from February, 2019 to April 26th, 2019.
Our team recently decided to move the release of #DaysGone to April 26, 2019.
— Bend Studio #DaysGone (@BendStudio) October 19, 2018
Sony Bend included a small blurb on the post, explaining why they’re pushing the game’s release date back, writing…
“We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeframe to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone.”
This makes sense, given that February, 2019 will see the release of other heavy hitters like metro Exodus, Anthem and Crackdown 3, along with Trials Rising and Anno 1800. While some of those games might be on other platforms, they’re still vying for the money of gamers who own multiple platforms, and it’s a much safer bet to put an AAA title in a mostly empty month as opposed to trying to vie for attention sandwiched in between several other titles all releasing within the same month.
That’s not to mention that Anthem, Days Gone, Metro Exodus and Crackdown 3 are all open-world games. So it’s really pushing the luck of trying to capture the attention of a demographic who will undoubtedly be stretched thin during the second month of 2019.
To be honest, when I saw the game trending on Twitter recently I was worried it was because Sony canceled it at the twelfth hour, possibly because the lead protagonist is a straight, white male. However, thankfully, it was only trending because the game is getting delayed, which is giving Sony Bend more time to polish the game up ahead of its release.
While some of you might think there’s a strain of paranoia present in thinking that Sony would cancel a game because the lead is an average white guy, keep in mind that Sony recently canceled the Western release of Omega Labyrinth Z, forced XSeed Games to remove the intimacy mode from Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, and postponed the release of Nekopara indefinitely just because those games contain sexy imagery that appeal to straight males. That’s not to mention that they also canceled the release of Super Seducer on the PS4 a week before release because feminists complained about the game being sexist. This is all despite the fact that Sony is happily releasing the gay dating simulator, Dream Daddy, on the PS4 with no qualms whatsoever.
Sony’s agenda is screaming loud and clear.
Anyway, if you’re looking forward to playing a real game designed for actual normal gamers, keep an eye on Days Gone when it drops April 26th, 2019 next year, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.