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  • Dueling Works: The Story behind Days Gone & World War Z's 2019 Game: Saber Interactive were able to secure the well known World War Z License and were starting development when they had seen Days Gone. Though they were daunted by the AAA marketing budget they knew Days Gone would get and though would distract from WWZ's release, they had approached Bend about making an MP mode for the game using their work for WWZ as a baseline. Bend passed on the prospect, feeling like it'd be a compromise of their vision. Both ended up releasing 10 days apart in April 2019 and selling notably well, with WWZ selling over 2 million in it's first month and Days Gone ending up #8 in the top 10 sales for North America in 2019, but both also got So Okay, It's Average Reviews.
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  • Ink-Suit Actor: Deacon bears quite a resemblance to his voice actor, Sam Witwer. This also means he looks like Galen Marek, but with facial hair. Also notice how Sarah looks vaguely like an older Juno Eclipse. Most characters look pretty close to their actors (Iron Mike, Alkai, and Rikki are very close). The only notable exception is Copeland. The rugged, scarred Copeland is voiced by Crispin Freeman, who despite being 47 when the game came out has the sandy brown hair and boyish good looks of someone half that age.
  • Schedule Slip: Days Gone was repeatedly delayed from its original planned release dates, as evidenced by how often it showed up at the yearly E3 trade show.
  • Sleeper Hit: Days Gone was released to reception best described as So Okay, It's Average and saw itself releasing between big hitters from acclaimed developers or established I Ps such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, on top of the aforementioned World War Z and being a PS4-exclusive. In spite of all that, Days Gone sold extremely well and ended up as the console's sixth-best selling exclusive in the United States as of early 2020.
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  • What Could Have Been: Early demos and footage show that the game originally had a moral choice system where Deacon could sometimes choose to kill or spare certain characters, affecting his relationship with Boozer, that got removed before launch due to the story needing to be scaled back.
  • Working Title: Dead Don't Ride.
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