Emotionally-charged Days Gone trailer takes us back to Deacon’s wedding day

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The latest Days Gone trailer offers us a glimpse into Deacon’s tragic past as we’re shown an emotional flashback of his wedding day.

I’ll admit, I’ve been on the fence with Bend Studio’s post-apocalyptic action-adventure Days Gone but the more I see of the game, the more intrigued I get.

Early on, the game just didn’t seem to offer much more than the thrill of running from (or blowing up) hordes of swarming Freakers (aka zombies). But over the years – well, really only the last few weeks – Bend Studio has started to really lift the curtain and reveal what’s awaiting for us in Sony’s latest PlayStation exclusive. It’s much more than what was initially shown a few years ago.

There’s depth to Days Gone, and not just from a gameplay perspective. As it has been proven time and time again, story is incredibly important to the folks at Sony. God of War, The Last of Us, Marvel’s Spider-Man – so many of Sony’s single-player games have offered incredible stories and experiences. And it looks like the same will hold true for Days Gone – at least based on the latest video.

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The new video shows off a bit more of Days Gone‘s emotional side as we’re introduced to the “I Remember” storyline. I’m assuming that it is through this storyline that we’ll learn more of Deacon’s tragic past which includes his marriage to Sarah Whitaker, an “extraordinary young woman from Seattle.” This particular clip takes us back to their wedding day where we see a much softer side of Deacon exchanging vows with Sarah.

Promising Sarah “I’m always going to love you and I’m never going to leave you,” Deacon carries with him an old photograph of his deceased wife. The flashback is cut short, however, when a group of scavenging Marauders pulls up to the abandoned church looking for a fight.

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Days Gone is definitely giving off a vibe similar to Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, especially as it seemingly interweaves story into its gameplay. It’s definitely an emotional sequence, but this sort of context could provide some much-needed character building for Deacon, who otherwise appeared to be a generic drifter on a broken road.

Sony did offer some more backstory along with the clip, but I’m assuming we’ll learn more about Deacon and Sarah’s past relationship as the “I Remember” storyline unfolds. There’s no doubt I’m going to need some tissues if they show her actual death.

Days Gone is set to release on April 26, 2019, exclusively for PlayStation 4. What once appeared to be a mindless zombie action-adventure is now shaping up to be a journey that is worth diving into, especially as we await Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2.