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Aloy can swim, fish and cleanse the world in Horizon Zero Dawn

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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


  1. Ottokie

    June 20, 2016 at 10:33

    This game looks awesome!


  2. Raptor Rants

    June 20, 2016 at 10:34

    Fish? Fish AI?


  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 20, 2016 at 10:47

    That video though, dunno why that’s necessary other than to increase the games budget.


    • Pariah

      June 20, 2016 at 10:48

      Marketing makes up a huge portion of any game’s budget. That video is one of the reasons why.


      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 20, 2016 at 10:50

        Still seems like a waste, but whatever, it’s not like I understand the biz


        • Pariah

          June 20, 2016 at 10:51

          Most marketing budgets are a waste. But then not. Because they produce results. If you don’t spend on marketing, you lose out on sales. That’s 100% guaranteed. It’s a twisted cycle of waste.


  4. DragonSpirit009

    June 20, 2016 at 10:50

    I’ve been sold on this game since last year! I just can’t wait anymore! Such gorgeousness!


  5. Jonah Cash

    June 20, 2016 at 11:00

    I want this in my life!!


  6. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    June 20, 2016 at 11:06

    Those screens…. Just wow…

    That video…Whaah?


  7. Tiaan Pat

    June 20, 2016 at 12:21

    Just sad that i dont have a ps4…. would have loved to play this game!


  8. alcatraz5953

    June 20, 2016 at 13:06

    I too ‘hunted boards’ once


  9. The Order of the Banana

    June 20, 2016 at 13:43

    Thank you Sony! This game is going to be awesome!!


  10. Raptor Rants

    June 20, 2016 at 13:50

    Wait… If Aloy can swim… Does that make her a boat?


  11. Darren Peach

    June 20, 2016 at 14:46

    Aloy. Ha ha.


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