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Horizon: Zero Dawn offers “hours and hours of exploration” in a coherent world

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Horizon Aloy

While cool games are released every year, there are always games announced that are a bit further away that make me wish I could just speed up time. Horizon: Zero Dawn is such a game. With a post-post-apocalyptic setting that has me far too excited to see more, I have been desperate for any new information about the game. Now we get a few more hints, and they continue to make me happy.

Speaking to IGN, studio managing director Herman Hulst explained that the game is all about unravelling the mysteries of the world through Aloy, the intelligent, agile, curious and empathetic woman who leads the game. While he couldn’t share more about the story, he could explain a little bit more about the world:

I think the strength of Horizon is that everything that’s in the game is there for a purpose, everything is coherent. There’s a lot of cohesion between the tribes, how Eloi (sic) relates to the tribes, the machines, the robotic creatures in the game, what their function is, how they interrelate, how Eloi (sic) relates to them. So actually if you think it through, it’s one big plan. But yeah if you zoom in on one individual element it can be strange.

[…] The tribes are very different and you’re gonna explore in this game why the tribes look so different from each other, why they treat Eloi (sic) so differently. There is a purpose for that.

[…] It’s a big world. It’s never been our ambition to make the biggest possible world, cause it’s not really about that, it’s about the quality of the journey, and the quality of the tactical combat against these machines. But it’s a vast world that’s hours and hours of exploration in this post-post-apocalyptic playground.

I’m not too sure why IGN was misspelling Aloy’s name, but I am intrigued by what Hulst had to say. A big world with various tribes that are cohesive but also unique? They will look different which means that they will probably have various interactions and affinities with the mechanical creatures as compared with the more organic life forms. Plus they will relate to Aloy in unique ways? Sign me up and let me start playing this already!

Last Updated: September 14, 2015


  1. Admiral Chief Returns

    September 14, 2015 at 10:32



  2. WitWolfy

    September 14, 2015 at 10:35

    No offense but Kojima boasted the same about MGS V too.. Look how that turned out. QUALITY over QUANTITY!


  3. Daniel Hallinan

    September 14, 2015 at 10:40

    Eh, this never says much. Like saying there’s an active ecosystem in a game, when all that happens is that wolves just attack everything nearby, which just so happens to be deer most of the time.

    That’s not to say they’re wrong – just that I never take much from hype generated from these types of comments 😛


    • WitWolfy

      September 14, 2015 at 10:40

      IKR? It’s like saying the game has physics… I’m waiting for the downgrade footage to roll in eventually.


  4. Nikola

    September 14, 2015 at 10:43

    I really like this approach sometimes the open worlds are HUGE but they get so repetitive and boring it’s the exactly same stuff you do just in a different area that looks the same like the one before it, Mad Max is perfect example the game is really cool but the side activities are quite the same not to mention all the areas pretty much look the same. DA:I did it well in my opinion giving you quite a variety of how the area’s looked like so it doesn’t feel all the same!


  5. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    September 14, 2015 at 10:53

    I am strangely excited about this game, but we’ll see what happens when it happens….(Stay away hype train, I don’t want you to derail yet)


  6. DragonSpirit009

    September 14, 2015 at 10:53

    Ugh I hope I can play this game when it comes out! I’m really excited about it!!


  7. Splooshypooh

    September 14, 2015 at 11:06

    This could well be something worth eventually buying the damn console for


  8. RinceThis

    September 14, 2015 at 12:50

    That is one sic quote.


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 14, 2015 at 12:59


  9. Lucynda Ho

    September 14, 2015 at 13:21

    The preview of the game looks really epic and the graphics are awesome. I”m really excited to see how the story would unravel based on the ancient cave drawings and ruined skyscrapers in the preview. I would totally buy it if it wasn’t a PS4 exclusive.


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