Jeff Ross, director of Days Gone, has revealed that the game has sold over 9 million copies at the time he left Sony Interactive Entertainment Bend Studio. Ross left Bend Studio in December 2020 by which time he claims Days Gone sold over 8 million copies on the PlayStation 4 and over 1 million copies on PC. This would mean that the game sold over 9 million copies after just over a year and a half on the market and could have even surpassed the 10 million milestone by now.
Ross also claims that management “always made us feel like it was a big disappointment”. Sony Interactive Entertainment has reportedly rejected a pitch for a sequel to Days Gone as they did not believe it would be viable due to the critical response for the first game. Previous reports also claimed that Bend Studio was assisting Naughty Dog on the standalone multiplayer project for The Last of Us Part II whilst a second team at Bend Studio was tasked with developing a new Uncharted game, also under the supervision of Naughty Dog.
This caused unrest at the studio and resulted in several senior members of Bend Studio leaving PlayStation. Bend Studio is currently working on a new IP for the PlayStation 5, no other details about their next project were revealed.