I think I’ve figured out what intrigues me so much about Horizon Zero Dawn. It’s not just the robotic dinosaurs (called “Machines”). It’s the way those creatures are blended and dominant in such a lush, natural world that has grown out of the ruins of our civilization. It’s the dichotomy of the science fiction machines and the almost prehistoric world and tribes that makes me wonder what would have needed to happen to make this possible. It’s something highlighted in a recent video released for the game, as well as in a brief twitter Q&A.
Here is the video for your viewing pleasure, although it doesn’t really share anything about the game itself.
But it was over on twitter that Mathijs de Jonge, Game Director on Horizon Zero Dawn, answered some interesting questions. Apparently, “Aloy can swim, but some waters are dangerous.” She can also hunt animals (not just machines) for food, crafting and trading. Which animals? Geese, boards, rabbits, fish, and more.
Meanwhile, over on VentureBeat, John Gonzalez (lead writer at Guerrilla Games) explained that you can help make the world a better place.
One aspect of gameplay is this idea of cleansing corruption zones. We hinted at that in the gameplay demo, although we didn’t show that full experience. That’s an aspect of the game. The main quest itself is connected to the corruption. The corruption is a major event. But it goes a lot deeper than that and a lot farther than that.
I always enjoy that in games. Making areas safer, better. Maybe it just triggers my OCD or something, but it really is one of my favorite things – it’s what made games like Okapi and Mad Max so very satisfying for me. I will definitely be exploring the open world for side quests and story arcs, while also cleaning up the corrupt world. Sign me up!
Oh, and feast your eyes on these delicious screenshots from twitter – this game is just so incredibly beautiful.
Last Updated: June 20, 2016