And earlier this week he gained public and media attention by claiming on social media that he had been made to feel like Days Gone was a failure, despite allegedly selling around 10 million units.
Speaking on David Jaffe’s live stream on Thursday, Ross elaborated on his comments and revealed other failed pitches, including a potential reboot of its stealth shooter Syphon Filter.
“I think it was dead on arrival,” he said of his pitch for Days Gone 2. “It did get reviewed on a level right above the studio, but I don’t think it went any further than that. The reviews were through the lens of, ‘the first one was a trainwreck in so many ways and didn’t sell awesome’ and, ‘let’s just keep these guys busy’.”
He added: “It was very obvious that we shouldn’t be talking about Days Gone when we were working on the pitch [for our next game]. It was clear that it was a non-starter and there was nothing in the [Days Gone 2] pitch that made the local manager and his boss feel good about it. That’s probably a failure of the creative group… it was just an uphill battle.”
Eventually, Ross was asked if he could reboot PlayStation classic Syphon Filter, he said, but he doesn’t feel that a full game would’ve come from it.
“It was just an ask: ‘are there any other IPs that we have that we can use?’ and the only other IP was Syphon Filter,” he explained “But honestly, I have zero ideas on how to reboot Syphon Filter. I was not interested in that at all.”
He added: “It was almost like a ‘keep them busy’ type of question: ‘hey guys, why don’t you come up with something for Syphon Filter while we figure out what we’re confident in pitching’. So I don’t think it was ever genuine.”
“The pitch I was making was, open-world Resistance would be fucking rad,” he said. “There were all of these open-world loops that we figured out… it almost wrote itself with Resistance: there were so many aspects of that property that lent itself to open-world gameplay.
“But they weren’t interested in that either. I don’t know how well it sold. They were interested in almost anything other than Days Gone 2.”