So, apparently, they removed the time because the "feedback" said that the majority of "fans" wanted to explore the game, not get harassed by a timer. (Which makes sense...to a CASUAL GAMER. Us hardcores, not so much...)
Question: Is there going to be a timer mode like Dead Rising 3?
Answer: Based on the link, yes and no. (In other words, if you play single-player, there will NO timer. If you play multiplayer (co-op), there WILL BE A TIMER.)
Isn't this why they made Sandbox Mode for DR2:OTR? Why not just do that again? If people wanna play around without any timer, go play the mode where there is no timer. Don't alter the main story just because of that.
So what happens? Does the storyline and all the side quest just freeze until you complete them? Couldn't you just max out your level and then go do the first few missions? Kind of kills the challenge.