Yesterday, Sony introduced that Sucker Punch Productions’ critically-acclaimed Ghost of Tsushima offered over eight million copies inside a yr and a half of launch. And whereas followers and builders had been celebrating the information, it appears to have poured some salt into the injuries of Days Gone builders.
In keeping with former Bend Studio staffer Jeff Ross, Days Gone too offered over eight million copies inside a yr and a half of launch however it was nonetheless portrayed as a disappointment. The title has since gone on to promote over one million extra copies (and counting) on PC.
On the time I left Sony, Days Gone had been out for a yr and a half (and a month), and offered over 8 million copies. It’s since gone on to promote extra, after which one million+ on Steam. Native studio administration all the time made us really feel prefer it was a giant disappointment. #daysgone #PlayStation https://t.co/KMZr2pGe9r
— Jeff Ross (@JakeRocket) January 5, 2022
Why is Days Gone thought-about a disappointment?
Days Gone might have offered nicely, however in contrast to Ghost of Tsushima, it skilled a lukewarm reception. Days Gone holds a Metacritic rating of 71 % and whereas it fared higher with gamers, it didn’t obtain as a lot fanfare because the Sucker Punch title, which not solely acquired quite a few awards worldwide however it truly made an influence.
For starters, Ghost of Tsushima ended up boosting tourism to the real-life island of Tsushima, and because of its recognition, a player-led effort raised sufficient funds to revive a Shinto torii gate that was broken by a hurricane. Such was Ghost of Tsushima‘s influence that the sport’s inventive leads had been named tourism ambassadors to the island and had been particularly praised for “spreading the title and historical past of Tsushima by way of their works.”
In distinction, Days Gone was largely forgotten about and didn’t have a long-lasting influence. It was additionally checked out as simply one other recreation within the overly saturated zombie style. Contemplating Sony’s now specializing in building blockbuster IPs that transcend video video games, plainly Days Gone simply isn’t on top of things.
Opinion: It’s time to maneuver on for Days Gone
Zarmena writes… Whereas it’s comprehensible why former, and a few present, Bend Studio staffers proceed to be upset over the therapy meted out to Days Gone, they should transfer on from this. Sony has made no secret of the truth that its metrics for a recreation’s success don’t begin and finish with industrial efficiency. Whereas gross sales are crucial consider figuring out success, Sony has been making an energetic effort to succeed in an viewers past video games and it’s been closely investing into IPs which have the potential to develop. Ghost of Tsushima is one such instance, Days Gone just isn’t. In addition to, the corporate already has a zombie juggernaut in The Final of Us, so it doesn’t make sense to greenlight a Days Gone sequel. Let’s depart this one within the vault.