It has been said before that there is no new thing under the sun. This can definitely be attributed to video games, as most, if not all titles are either influenced by previously released products – whether consciously or unknowingly – or they contain similar ideas that remain prevalent or consistent within a genre. Speaking of this concept, many fans are already lobbing out comparisons between Days Gone and The Last of Us to say that they're the same, despite the former not even being released. This has led to John Garvin, the creative director of Sony and Bend Studio's forthcoming action-adventure game, to state that it is not like Naughty Dog's survival-horror title.
This much was declared during a recent interview between Garvin and Game Informer, in which the Days Gone creative director was asked if he was "sick of Last of Us comparisons", with Garvin simply saying, "Yes." The interviewer then pressed the issue to say, "It is, kind of, a little like it, though, right?" to which Garvin replied, "No, except that it's a third-person action-adventure game where you're killing creatures that aren't zombies."
Undoubtedly, two of the major reasons as to why many have continued to compare Days Gone and The Last of Us is due to the fact that, as Garvin pointed out, the games feature the ability for players to fight enemies that are essentially undead, and that both are set in lush, woodsy, overgrown environments. Interestingly enough, fans' direct juxtaposition of the titles has remained constant ever since Sony filed a trademark a couple of years ago for Days Gone, with many having speculated it was related to TLOU in some capacity before even knowing what it was.
Bearing all of this in mind, it's highly likely that fans will see at the very least see flashes of The Last of Us in certain Days Gone set pieces due to both of the titles existing within the post-apocalyptic genre, but that doesn't mean the two games are interchangeable with one another. When one takes into consideration the first hour of gameplay that was released for Days Gone, it's obvious that it is a far cry from what The Last of Us offers in terms of story, mechanics, and design, especially since the Sony Bend title is open world. This being said, we will simply have to reserve definitive judgment on Days Gone until it comes out next year.
Days Gone is set to release at some point in 2019 for PlayStation 4.
Source: Game Informer