Days Gone directors leave PlayStation's Bend Studios

By Brittany Vincent,
The senior creative pair behind PlayStation-exclusive Days Gone are officially departing Sony's Bend Studio.

VGC reports that game director Jeff Ross and writer/director John Garvin announced their official departure from the studio, previously known as Eidetic, via Twitter on Monday. The pair had worked together since the '90s on games like Syphon Filter and its various sequels.

Ross telegraphed his upcoming final days with Sony, and announced that he has plans post-Bend Studio to move to Chicago "once COVID calms down."

Before Ross's declaration went live, however, Garvin had taken to Twitter with his own update, claiming he hadn't been with Bend Studio for over a year.

"Since Days Gone shipped, I’ve been focusing on personal projects: painting, writing, publishing and generally, enjoying a break from the game industry," Garvin clarified.

"Over the past two decades, I helped the studio grow into a major developer, now part of the Sony family," he continued. "Along the way, I wrote and directed every game from Syphon Filter through Days Gone, including two of my favorites, Resistance: Retribution, and Uncharted Golden Abyss."

He called the past 20 years "an amazing journey" and called the studio a "family", wishing them the best. He did not elaborate further on the circumstances surrounding his departure.

Bend Studio's Days Gone is the developer's most recent release. It isn't clear at this time who will be tapped to take Garvin and Ross's place, or whether either are remaining within the industry in any capacity.

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