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Horizon: Zero Dawn’s hero inspired by Alien, Game of Thrones

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Horizon Aloy

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a PS4 exclusive that will certainly ship consoles. It’s got hunting, bow-combat and robotic dinosaurs. The story sounds intriguing, the game design is unique and I’m seriously amped to learn more about the game. Most interesting to me is the lead character, Aloy; she seems like a whole new kind of lead character in an unknown world. Now are getting a tiny morsel of more information, and I’m even more curious about her.

Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine, game director Mathijs de Jonge explained some of the influences for Aloy.

We felt we had quite an original composition and combination of elements with the robots and the nature, so we also felt like it needed an original and strong character to go with that. One of the directions we were very interested in was a character like Sarah Connor in Terminator, Ripley in Alien or, more recently, Ygritte from Game Of Thrones; very strong female characters. That’s where we started.

I hope that these ladies were more than just the examples of strong female leads but that they actually inspired some of the character design. I’d love to see some Sara Connor guns on Aloy, combined with some awesome one-liners ala Ripley. I can already see the influence of Ygritte with that impressive hair and bow skills. It’s all coming together for me. Now to just find out more so that we know what this strong lady gets up to in the strange futuristic post-post-apocalyptic world.

Last Updated: July 29, 2015


  1. konfab

    July 29, 2015 at 08:10

    Nariko from Heavenly Sword says “Hi”.


  2. WitWolfy

    July 29, 2015 at 08:23

    I seriously doubt that where their inspiration came from…


    I rest my case…


    • Avi

      July 29, 2015 at 08:31

      I was thinking the very same, 100% correct


  3. HairyEwok

    July 29, 2015 at 08:29

    Red hair…. Wooly clothing…. Jon Snow do you know her? Psh who am I kidding you know nothing.


  4. DragonSpirit009

    July 29, 2015 at 08:33

    I like these strong female character types. They usually have these bad ass skills along with a kind heart!


    • HairyEwok

      July 29, 2015 at 08:34

      True. Actually in the gameplay of this game. She tries not to be seen by a creature and the gets forced to kill it be fore it alerts the others. She then says sorry to the creature for killing it.


      • DragonSpirit009

        July 29, 2015 at 08:39

        I saw that part. It really made me wonder how her relationship with the robot-creatures will be further in the game or what impact it will have between the rest of her ‘clan’.


  5. Rock789

    July 29, 2015 at 08:52

    The announcement of this game really did come outta nowhere… But wow, what an impressive looking concept. So far, it’s looking great. Can’t wait to find out more.


    • Nikola

      July 29, 2015 at 10:33

      me too really looking good:) excited to see the rpg element to the game and some more gameplay!


  6. Ranting Raptor

    July 29, 2015 at 08:58

    That Aloy… She still seriously remonds me of another character somewhere. I just can’t put my finger on it


    • Pariah

      July 29, 2015 at 11:23

      You know nothin’ Jon Snow.


      • Ranting Raptor

        July 29, 2015 at 13:12

        No not her as I don’t watch GoT. Someone else


        • Pariah

          July 29, 2015 at 13:27

          Hmmm. Then I too am stumped. Sorry Llew.


  7. Jac7

    July 29, 2015 at 09:10

    So she is going to die then :'(


  8. RinceThis

    July 29, 2015 at 09:30

    So I suppose you don’t really want to shout out to her as she walks by ‘Aloy aloy aloy!’


    • HairyEwok

      July 29, 2015 at 11:57

      She has such a metal name, and hair for headbanging.


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