Set in the beautiful, volcanic scarred high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game where you play as Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who would rather risk the dangers of the broken road than live in one of the "safe" wilderness encampments. The game takes place two years after a global pandemic has killed almost everyone, but transformed millions of others into what survivors call Freakers - mindless, feral creatures, more animal than human but very much alive and quickly evolving. In the demo you saw two types of Freaks - Newts, which were adolescents when infected, are opportunistic hunters, preferring to hit and run from the shadows; and a Horde. Made up of hundreds of individual Freakers, Hordes eat, move and attack together, almost as one. Some Hordes roam the highways at night, while others, like the one in the demo, have found a food source that keeps it in a single location. 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. But will it be enough?
Sony Bend has announced that it will roll out fresh content for Days Gone this June, and what's more, it'll be totally free to boot.
The PlayStation 4-exclusive post-pandemic actioner will receive a number of new challenges, including an additional difficulty setting known as Survival. This tasks players with completing Days Gone without perks such as Fast Travel, survival vision, and immersive HUD features such as indicators and game map.
Bend says these changes have been 'designed to further immerse players and ratchet up the tension to make this the definitive survival experience.'
In addition to the new difficulty, every week beginning in June will see a new Bike, Combat, or Horde challenge rolled out for players to tackle. Not much info is available on these right now, but they'll apparently take some of Days Gone's key gameplay elements and put a unique spin on them, earning you new items and rewards in the process.
Days Gone is due out on April 26, and you can check out the latest trailer here.