This Days Gone video shows an alternate playthrough of E3 demo with different weather, time-of-day, play style

By Stephany Nunneley
13 July 2017 21:59 GMT

A alternate demo for Days Gone was shown during E3 2017, and Sony has made it available to the public today.

This Days Gone gameplay demonstration video was shown behind-closed-doors at E3 2017, and differs quite a bit from what was shown during the stage presentation.

While it is quite similar to the demo Send Studio showed off after Sony’s E3 2017 conference, it still shows an alternate-path and takes place in the snow, where as the demo for the 2018 title shown during the Sony Media Showcase featured areas without snow.

There’s also a lot less chatter in this Days Gone video, even with creative director John Garvin and Sam Witwer who plays Deacon St. John in the game discussing what’s unfolding. And best part, is the camera never breaks away from the action seen on screen.

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Along with the aforementioned change in the weather, it also takes place during the daytime. You’ll also note the difference in play style.

The video’s main focus though, is how weather can “significantly impact the experience,” along with the time of day and the dynamic events which will take place.

Play style will also impact how things pan out. Players can choose to be stealthy, go into a situation guns blazing, or ride into an encampment on a motorcycle tossing Molotov cocktails all around. How the game is played is entirely up to the player.

Along with the video, here’s a few details Bend Studio provided for the PlayStation 4 title which you may have missed from E3 2017.

  • Weather and time-of-day: Snow impacts the ability to ride the Drifter Bike; cold makes Freakers (the zombies) stronger; rain can dampen sound but it brings more Freakers out during the day; and night brings out even more Freakers and changes the behaviors of Marauders, and more.
  • Survival Vision: Players can focus on the environment to discover tracks, clues, and resources.
  • Crafting: The open world contains many things which can be used to craft items that are both “useful and deadly.”
  • Traps: Used in conjunction with the distraction mechanic, crafted and place traps are important to strategic combat.
  • Dynamic Events: Ambushes, traps, and other hazards will occur dynamically, so keep your eyes peel. Being vigilant is the key to survival.

Days Gone is currently without a release date, but Sony Bend said it will have more to share on the game in the coming months.

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