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Horizon: Zero Dawn was designed to be a world that players wanted to escape to

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Developer Guerrilla Games is very, very good at making Killzone games. Horizon: Zero Dawn isn’t one of those games. Instead, it represents one of the biggest departures from a franchise since Bungie quit making video games about futuristic super-soldiers killing waves upon waves of alien enemies in Halo to go and make a brand new game about futuristic super-soldiers killing waves upon waves of enemies in Destiny AND F***.

Okay, terrible analogy aside, Horizon: Zero Dawn looks incredible so far. It has elements of Tomb Raider, Planet of the Apes and Terminator woven into one breath-taking tapestry that looks utterly mesmerising. It’s a big departure for Guerrilla Games, in terms of not only styles of play but visuals as well. And that makes for a game that the studio has been waiting years to craft. “It’s really exciting,” studio manager Hermen Hulst said to Game Informer.

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It is fantastic when you’ve worked on a franchise for more than a decade–actually, in my case, it’s been almost 15 years–to do something that’s so radically different and at the same time kind of stands on the shoulders of what we made before.

There isn’t a complete divide between Killzone and Horizon: Zero Dawn however, as Guerrilla Games can link design elements between the two. “We really love making fluid, awesome combat–and we’re trying to do that again,” Hulst explained.

We’re really into making fantastic science-fiction worlds–and we’re doing that again. There are a ton of similarities, but I think more importantly this is really fresh. A world that you want to be in instead escape away from.

After the criminally underrated Killzone: Shadow Fall was released, Guerrilla Games worked on over two-dozen pitches for their next big project, with staffers voting on which ideas fascinated and came off as the riskiest. “It was certainly not the least risky, but definitely the one where everybody that saw the original pitch, they said, ‘Well, we gotta make this,'” Hulst said via VideoGamer.

This is maybe incredibly risky but it’s something that is so radically different and so inspiring that it actually took me very little time to convince the team to jump behind it. We wanted to make [Zero Dawn] straight away.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is out next year February 28, a month that is starting to look like an early version of Christmas already.

Last Updated: September 20, 2016


  1. Looks Good. But I don’t care… It is Destiny Day today……


  2. miaau

    September 20, 2016 at 07:41

    Well, I play games for the great new worlds to escape to, even for a short while. So, um. Good going there, developers. I mean, it is not as if, on some level, any other game wants this.


    • Dutch Matrix

      September 20, 2016 at 07:43

      Which is why I have been playing a game of computer simulated people for the last year now. Because PAINTING!


      • miaau

        September 20, 2016 at 07:52

        How do you see on the screen, after the PAINTING (not my emphasis)?

        Must make it hard….. So this game of yours, it simulates people in their everyday lives, allowing you more and more obsessive levels of control, an escape to do and say things you could or would never do in the real world? Seriously, cannot believe someone has not cottoned on to that idea yet.

        Simulated Lives (TM) – SImul Life (TM) – SIM (TM)


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 20, 2016 at 08:20

          I read that knowing you get full sex mods for The Sims. My poor mind. The mental images.


          • miaau

            September 20, 2016 at 11:11

            I did not know that. Hmm. Wow. Still not interested at all.

            Sorry about that, the inadvertent image thing.

  3. Dutch Matrix

    September 20, 2016 at 07:42

    It looks good, and I get a bit of an Avatar (The James Cameron flick) vibe of those screenshots. Which is never a bad thing, you know?


  4. Dungeon of JJ

    September 20, 2016 at 09:02

    Horizon Zero Dawn was designed to be a world that players without a PS4 cannot escape to.


    • Kikmi

      September 20, 2016 at 09:27



  5. DragonSpirit009

    September 20, 2016 at 09:55

    Hopefully that will be enough time for me to save money for a PS4! Cause I really need this game!


    • miaau

      September 20, 2016 at 11:14

      I have an Edgars account, 6 months no interest. I bought my Xbox One on that. I had the cash, but we put the cash away, paid R8000 / 6 per month for 6 months and had cash on hand if we needed. Like we did in that December, to pay for car hire that not was planned.

      Just a thought. Please note: no interest accounts, no interest at all. Interest is bad.


      • DragonSpirit009

        September 20, 2016 at 11:50

        I actually have an Edgars account.
        I might go that root once I’ve cleared my credit card (so close) and have a bit of extra money on hand. Even if I just have half of the amount in cash then that could work for me.


  6. The Order of the Banana

    September 20, 2016 at 13:02

    Good Good! GOOODD!!!


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