“Don’t Complain if a Game Doesn’t Get a Sequel if it Wasn’t Supported at Launch” – Days Gone Director

"If you love a game, buy it at ****ing full price," says creative director John Garvin.

Posted By | On 19th, Apr. 2021

days gone

It recently came to light that a pitch for a Days Gone sequel by developer SIE Bend Studio was turned down by Sony, and since then, reports and comments from the game’s own developers have made it clear that the game’s lukewarm critical reception upon launch was one of the primary reasons for a sequel not being greenlit. That said, John Garvin, creative director of Days Gone – who left Bend Studio shortly after the game came out – has strong opinions in terms of sales as well.

Speaking to God of War and Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe in a recent interview, Garvin suggested that engagement with a game following discounted purchases or downloads via free periods or giveaways are not the same as buying a game at full price, and that the lack of support for the game and the developers may have been partially responsible for Days Gone 2 not being given the go ahead by Sony.

“If you love a game, buy it at ****ing full price,” Garvin said (via VGC). “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen gamers say ‘yeah, I got that on sale, I got it through PS Plus, whatever.'”

“Don’t complain if a game doesn’t get a sequel if it wasn’t supported at launch,” he added. “It’s like, God of War got whatever number millions of sales at launch and, you know, Days Gone didn’t. [I’m] just speaking for me personally as a developer, I don’t work for Sony, I don’t know what the numbers are.

“I can tell you that when we were doing [Syphon Filter] Dark Mirror [on PSP], we got so ****ed on Dark Mirror because piracy was a thing and Sony wasn’t really caught up on what piracy was doing to sales. And we would show them torrents, a torrent site had 200,000 copies of Dark Mirror being downloaded. If I remember it right, the numbers could be wrong, but regardless, I was pissed about it then, I was like ‘this is money out of my pocket’.

“So I think the uptick in engagement with the game is not as important as, did you buy the game at full price? Because if you did, then that’s supporting the developers directly.”

Days Gone is available on PS4, and launches for PC on May 18.


Tagged With: , , , ,

Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!



Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Skull and Bones Launch is Reportedly Being Pushed “Due to Existing Government Subsidy Agreement”

Skull and Bones Launch is Reportedly Being Pushed “Due to Existing Government Subsidy Agreement”

The online pirate title was also allegedly set to receive a closed test this month, which got cancelled "due t...

PS Plus Essential’s July Games Include Crash Bandicoot 4 and Man of Medan

PS Plus Essential’s July Games Include Crash Bandicoot 4 and Man of Medan

Subscribers get to claim Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, and Arcadegeddon...

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin: Trials of the Dragon King DLC Launches July 20

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin: Trials of the Dragon King DLC Launches July 20

The first of three DLCs for the action RPG will add new stories, areas, challenges, equipment, accessories, an...

God of War Ragnarok’s Rumoured Release Date Announcement Has Apparently Been Delayed

God of War Ragnarok’s Rumoured Release Date Announcement Has Apparently Been Delayed

Santa Monica Studio's creative director Cory Barlog asks fans to be patient, and assures that the highly antic...

Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empire Starting Positions Revealed for Some Factions

Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empire Starting Positions Revealed for Some Factions

Creative Assembly has revealed starting positions for some of the playable Legendary Lords in the upcoming Imm...

Pokemon Go Developer Partners with NBA for New Augmented Reality Game NBA All-World

Pokemon Go Developer Partners with NBA for New Augmented Reality Game NBA All-World

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has announced a partnership with NBA to launch a new basketball-centric AR game: ...