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Days Gone will receive a New Game Plus mode next week

Developer Bend Studio has announced plans to add a New Game Plus mode to Days Gone. The feature, which game director Jeff Ross described as the most requested from fans since launch, will go live next week alongside new difficulty modes and trophies.

You can start a New Game Plus on any difficulty level once you've completed the "I'm Never Giving Up" storyline. This includes the two new difficulty modes: Hard 2 and Survival 2. New Game Plus allows you to replay Days Gone with all previously earned weapons, bike upgrades, NERO boosters, skills, recipes, encampment trust and credits, collectibles, and trophy progress unlocked from the star. You will also benefit from any perks from patches you've earned by completing challenges.

New trophies for New Game Plus, Hard 2, and Survival 2 will arrive with next week's update, including one related to a "mysterious new weapon." Bend Studio also announced a new vinyl edition of the Days Gone soundtrack. Created by Mondo, the vinyl will include 25 unique tracks from the game. Pre-orders open on September 11.

Days Gone has received mixed reviews since its April 2019 debut. IGN's Lucy O'Brien gave it a 6.5/10, bemoaning its repetitive nature and disappointing narrative. "Through its 60-odd-hour ride, Days Gone loses its focus with repetitive missions, a meandering and thematically unsatisfying storyline, and an excess of bugs and busywork," wrote O'Brien. "When you slow down for a minute or two, these issues combine with a dreary, uninteresting open world and add up to an uneven and mostly toothless zombie experience."

Alyse Stanley of Polygon reached a similar conclusion: "While Days Gone horde mechanics show a pulse, the rest of the game feels lifeless. Its massive, but repetitive scope renders even those aspects I initially found entertaining a chore."

The New Game Plus mode, difficulty options, and trophies come to Days Gone on September 13.