Developers of World War Z proposed the idea to the company.
Generally, companies and developement studios maintain discretion around creative processes, however, sometimes flexibility allows knowing some details or situations that, despite not becoming reality, remain in the story. This is the case of Saber Interactive and its newly revealed attempt to participate in the development of Days Gone, which was rejected by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
During an interview with VentureBeat, Matthew Karch, CEO of Saber Interactive, developer of World War Z, revealed that at some point in the process of creating Days Gone, they approached Sony to propose a multiplayer component focused on zombies, taking advantage of the theme of the title of Bend Studio.
However, the company and those involved rejected the idea, not because of a bad taste, but because of the workload they had at that time: “Days Gone, it’s a single-player experience. At some point, I went to Sony and said, “I’ve seen what you’re doing with Days Gone. Look what we’re doing with World War Z. Maybe we can help you with a multiplayer component.” But they were obviously too focused, and understandably, on what they needed to do to get that game out.”
At the same time, Karch mentioned that when they learned about Days Gone, some uncertainty was generated in Saber Interactive, in general terms, it seemed that SIE Bend Studio’s proposal would be similar to what they were doing with World War Z.
However, the director said that the roads have been separated and, at least in Saber, there is no fear regarding the launch of Days Gone and its theme: “We were already under development when we heard about it. Of course we took a deep sigh, when you know Sony is going to be putting major marketing dollars behind a title that’s highlighting the swarms the way they were. It took a little wind out of our sails. But since then they’ve focused less on those swarm elements and more, I think, on the story aspect of their game. I don’t know if we’re in the clear, is the way to put it, but there’s a market for both games, what we’re both doing.”
World War Z will debut next year on PS4, Xbox One and PC. For its part, Days Gone will also release on PS4 on April 26, 2019.