It was inevitable that one of the heavy hitters scheduled for release on the jam-packed February 22, 2019, date was going to balk under the pressure and shift their release.
Surprisingly, the first title to do so is Sony’s Days Gone, which according to a blog post has had its released moved to April 26, 2019, a far less congested date. Sony has stated that Bend will use the extra time to further polish the game.
Asad Qizilbash, Vice President of Marketing at SIEA had this to say about the game’s delay:
We want to share a change in release date for this highly anticipated title from Bend Studio. We recently decided to move the release of Days Gone from the crowded February timeframe to April 26, 2019. While the studio is eager to see Days Gone in the hands of fans, Bend Studio will take the opportunity to further polish Days Gone.
As PlayStation fans already know, Days Gone is an open-world action game set in the high-desert of the Pacific Northwest. Traversing harsh landscapes on their drifter bike, players must fight for resources as they attempt to survive broken roads, unpredictable weather, attacks from other human factions, infected wildlife and roaming Freakers — a brutal, dynamic world that is dangerous both day and night.
Days Gone has already suffered delays from 2018 to 2019, and with Sony’s recent record with exclusives it seemed a safe bet to have a strong launch despite releasing on the same day as Metro: Exodus, Anthem and possibly Crackdown 3.
Sony also provides updates on Déraciné, Concrete Genie and Everybody’s Golf VR in the blog post.