Not too long ago, Sam Witmer, the actor for Days Gone‘s protagonist Deacon St. John revealed that the forthcoming survival-horror game from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Bend Studio would be at E3 2017 in a “big way,” and considering the gameplay footage shown during the PlayStation press conference this year, he definitely wasn’t wrong. Now, the developer seems to be keen on sharing as much information as possible about the title, for during a PlayStation Live stream at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, it was revealed that cold weather affects the gameplay in different ways.
For starters, those who are already apprehensive about taking on Days Gone‘s hordes of zombie-like creatures known as “Freakers” might be even more concerned to learn that cold weather actually makes them grow in population during snowfall, causes them to become stronger, and makes them harder to defeat. Plus, it was also revealed during the live stream’s interview that motorcycle performance and handling becomes a lot more difficult of a task to undertake when the temperature drops.
These particular revelations came about during the PlayStation Live stream as the Days Gone developers displayed the same mission shown in the gameplay footage from Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, but had the area covered in snow this time around. Bearing in mind dynamic shifts in gameplay occurring due to environmental elements such as weather changing, it will be interesting to see if the title boasts any differences when it changes from day to night.
Of course, Days Gone won’t be the first title to have gameplay aspects become altered as a temporal change in the immediate area’s climate comes to pass, but it does have a shot at making more unique choices with the feature. A recent example of this kind of phenomenon can be seen in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as Link can end up getting struck to death by a lightning bolt during a rain storm if he doesn’t switch out from using metallic gear.
All things considered, it will be interesting to see if Days Gone employs a similar mechanic with Deacon St. John’s garb when it comes to their potential stats and how environmental shifts could negatively or positively impact him due to what he’s wearing. With colder climates making Freakers more ferocious enemies and affecting his motorcycle, it stands to reason that weather conditions could assist or hurt Deacon St. John’s own personal abilities, too.
Days Gone is currently in production for PlayStation 4.