Days Gone release date, PS4 gameplay and everything you need to know

When it comes to zombies, 'lots' is the current trend, something Days Gone caters to admirably with veritable tidal waves of monsters that swarm over the landscape to claw at your eyes and pull the soft bits out. The Days Gone release date slip to 2019 might mean we have to wait a little longer to try out Days Gone PS4 gameplay in person but it doesn't make those slathering hordes any less impressive.  

Just don't actually call the monsters zombies. In Days Gone, they're Freakers - the result of a pandemic that killed a huge proportion of the world's population two years before the game starts. The rest, human survivors aside, are little more than devolved feral animals (and the disease affects animals as well, so... fun). Into that mix comes Deacon, a bounty hunter anti-hero biker just trying to get by in a world full of ruthless survivors and (not-zombie) monsters. 

Here's everything we know so far about Days Gone. 

Fast facts

  • Days Gone PS4 release date: 2019
  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publisher: Sony
  • Format: PS4

The Days Gone release date is 2019

days gone release date

The Days Gone release date was originally sometime in 2018, likely a Fall/Holiday slot. That's since slipped to a Q1/Q2 2019 release date. Given the Easter-y/Spring slot that games missing Christmas often end up in, a March/April slot seems likely next year. Sony won't want to release anything too close to E3 2018 when things get noisy.  

Speaking of E3 2018 games, while the Days Gone release date isn't for a while, expect a definite date at this year's show in June. We've already gone hands on with Days Gone in the build up to E3, so expect to see and hear more in a few months.  

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Days Gone PS4 exclusivity is not up for discussion

Days Gone PS4

For anyone asking if the game will come to PC or Xbox, it won't. It just won't. Sony Bend is a Sony studio, as the name suggests, and Days Gone PS4 only status is just about one of the few things you can be sure of in this world right now. Conceivably it could come to PC via Sony's PS Now streaming service, but if you're searching for other Days Gone formats, stop. 

Don't expect a Days Gone coop mode 

Games take quite a lot of work to make, cost loads and don't tend to do 'ta-da!' surprises on potential selling points that could ensure success. For that reason, don't expect a Days Gone coop mode to suddenly appear without warning. The large, open world, day/night and weather cycles, and massive enemy counts don't favour an online or multiplayer mode. Plus the Days Gone story is very much focused on Deacon alone, as the troubled antihero struggling to survive. 

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Days Gone collector's edition

Days Gone collector's edition

With the Days Gone release date slipping to early 2019, there's no word on a Days Gone collector's edition yet, but I'm going to bet big* on a special edition of the game featuring a statue of Deacon and his bike, possibly fighting a freaker. We'll let you know when we hear anything on that. 

*not with actual money

Days Gone PS4 gameplay

After an E3 reveal and some recent coverage, we've now seen quite a bit of Days Gone PS4 gameplay that explains the world and gameplay very well. It's also gives us a clear look at the hero, Deacon. 

The initial Days Gone PS4 gameplay reveal gives us a good look at the game's Freaker monsters and how they swarm in their hundreds around the environment. This first Days Gone PS4 gameplay also shows the different gameplay mechanics used to deal with swarms of enemies; from barricades, explosives and fire, and good old fashioned RUNNING THE HELL AWAY.

Two subsequent Days Gone PS4 gameplay demos showed how the time of day and weather can affect things. In both of the following videos Deacon has to deal with a nearby enemy camp. Initially he uses a horde of Freakers, letting them in to eat the bad guys alive. The second time around, however, the Days Gone PS4 gameplay demo takes place in cold, snowy conditions that reduces Freaker numbers, leaving him to take a more hands on approach. 

The latest Days Gone PS4 gameplay focuses on the open world, giving us a guided tour of exploration and taking on missions in around the Pacific Northwest setting.  

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Who is Days Gone Deacon?

The main character, Deacon St. John is described by Sony as "a drifter and bounty hunter who would rather risk the dangers of the broken road than live in one of the 'safe' wilderness encampments." His brief backstory states that "skills learned in his prior life as an outlaw biker have given Deacon a slight edge in the seemingly never-ending fight to stay alive."

That's the official word at least. We know from previous reveals that in Days Gone Deacon had a girlfriend or wife at some point, although she's only appeared in flashback so far. As a character, Days Gone PS4 gameplay shows a man not afraid to kill, as well as being a brutally efficient survivor when facing the horde. In Days Gone Deacon is loyal at least, sticking closely to a friend named Boozer and risking his life several times to help him. 

Who are the Days Gone voice actors?

Of the few Days Gone voice actors we know about, Sam Witwer is the main one as the actor behind Deacon St. John. He's probably best known for playing the vampire in the US version of Being Human, but you might recognise him as Starkiller from the Star Wars Force Unleashed games. Emily O'Brien has also been attached to the game but only via a Death Stranding leak, and she isn't currently officially listed anywhere. Kaiwi Lymanm who previously appeared in American Horror Story, is also playing a character called Leon but one of the first missions in the game is to find and kill him so let's not too attached.