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You probably won’t see the ocean in Horizon: Zero Dawn

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There’re a bunch of games that made me incredibly excited at E3 last year. Horizon: Zero Dawn was definitely one of them. We still haven’t seen much since that original reveal, and rumor has it that the game will only come next year, but I’m still happy every time I hear anything about it.

This latest bit of information is about the world of the game. Thus far, all we’ve been told is that the world will be massive. However, thanks to a keen-eyed user on Reddit, it appears that we know where the game will actually take place; it appears that the mountains and monuments in the background are quite obviously in Colorado.

Just look at this view of Maroon Bells.

Horizon Zero Dawn Maroon Bells
Maroon bells

Or this one of Hallett Peak

Horizon Zero Dawn Hallett Peak
Hallett Peak

Or this one near Grand Junction.

Horizon Zero Dawn grand junction
Grand junction

But the Redditor thinks that it’s more than just the geological phenomenon that are shown in the trailer, with this ruined cityscape looking like Denver, including the Sports Authority Field.

Horizon Zero Dawn Denver
Denver

While I’m not totally sold on the last image, it would make sense. Between the cityscape and the landmark views of the mountains, this would place the game in a gorgeous 250 square mile (650 square kilometer) are of Colorado. Thanks to its unique topography, Colorado actually makes a great environment for a game like this with tons of mountains, plains and lakes to add plenty of variety to the map. As a game set a thousand years in the future, who knows how details of the landscape might change, but it certainly could work as a post-post-apocalyptic setting with relative ease.

It’s also intriguing because there are plenty of archeological sites in Colorado where various fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals have been unearthed. It seems almost fitting for the robot dinosaurs of the game to make their debut in this area.

If it is true that the game is set in Colorado, it certainly sets the stage for an expanded universe. Could we see later adventures in Texas or Mexico, or perhaps Aloy eventually makes it to California to see the Pacific Ocean. That probably won’t happen in this first game in the new IP, but if it’s successful there are still plenty of environments the game could tackle in the future.

Last Updated: May 3, 2016

37 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 3, 2016 at 14:03

    This is the only game that makes me wish I had a PS4. Looks freaking cool.

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    • Ottokie

      May 3, 2016 at 14:05

      *PS4 4.5

      Reply

    • Pariah

      May 3, 2016 at 14:05

      Bloodborne used to be on that list, but then I got over it. I do however agree with you on this. Looks amazing.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 3, 2016 at 14:06

        If you enjoyed Dark Souls then I’d say you’re missing out big time on Bloodborne

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        • Pariah

          May 3, 2016 at 14:08

          “If you enjoyed Dark Souls”

          I didn’t. Which is why I got over it. 😛

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 3, 2016 at 14:09

            LOL okay

    • Kenna

      May 4, 2016 at 20:05

      Likewise.

      Reply

  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 3, 2016 at 14:05

    • Pariah

      May 3, 2016 at 14:06

      LOOOOOOL

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    • Ottokie

      May 3, 2016 at 14:06

      Isn’t this that place from the Chappies movie?

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      • Ottokie

        May 3, 2016 at 14:07

        *fixed (chappies)

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 3, 2016 at 14:08

          How…… DID YOU KNOW?

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          • Ottokie

            May 3, 2016 at 14:09

            So 3rd world it needs no green screen

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 3, 2016 at 14:12

            LOL

        • Pariah

          May 3, 2016 at 14:09

          NO change! Only chappies!

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 3, 2016 at 14:07

        Spotted one or two foooooking prawns too

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        • Pariah

          May 3, 2016 at 14:08

          What’s a “pranws”?

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 3, 2016 at 14:09

            It’s a type of knock-off sea food they get in the mine dump.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            May 3, 2016 at 15:27

            Parktown Prawns? Only bigger?

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 3, 2016 at 14:11

            It’s when I misspell prawns and I fix it after posting but then it still needs to be pointed out because that’s what we do here, unless I comment that I fixed it, which I don’t feel like doing anymore. Because it validates the fact that I misspelled a word and couldn’t fix it in time before you or Chief spotted it. or something like that

            😛

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 3, 2016 at 14:14

            tl;dr;fysmd

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 3, 2016 at 14:19

            XD

          • miaau

            May 3, 2016 at 14:16

            typo. One word. Typo.

          • Pariah

            May 3, 2016 at 14:18

            Exactly. Why the long-winded definition? Boggles the mind.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 3, 2016 at 14:20

            I see it was 7 minutes ago, probably channeled Llew

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            May 3, 2016 at 14:20

            Fine, 8 now, but still, lolz

          • Pariah

            May 3, 2016 at 14:20

            XD

    • miaau

      May 3, 2016 at 14:10

      You are allowed to comment like this.

      You live near some AWESOME beaches and coastline in general and thus have the actual backing of the environment.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 3, 2016 at 14:12

        I kinda felt that it’s in line with the subject of the article as well

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        • miaau

          May 3, 2016 at 14:15

          yeah. Coming that way next month for two weeks, Mossel Bay. Looking forward to just driving around in general, we tend to follow coastal roads and just look around. Lovely stuff.

          also, like the views from the top of the various passes.

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          • Pariah

            May 3, 2016 at 14:20

            Mossel has his own Bay? Like, the horse or the place where ships dock? I didn’t know he was rich!

          • miaau

            May 3, 2016 at 14:50

            All I know is, when sitting in flat right on coast line, watching Discovery Channel at night AND knowing that rock they are talking about, with all the sharks, is 1.5 KM from where you are sitting is pretty damn cool. And a great reminder not to fall overboard if on a boat.

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      May 3, 2016 at 14:56

      Ocean of traffic/filthy humans

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  3. Trevor James

    May 3, 2016 at 14:29

    I am really excited for this game but the fact that this great looking game was delayed when the PS4 Neo was kinda announced makes me think they are optimizing the game for it. E3 footage is more likely what it would look like on the new PS4. Just hope the current PS4 wont get a watered down version.

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  4. chimera_85

    May 3, 2016 at 14:55

    So sad I won’t be able to play this game for a long time :-(, upside! It should be cheaper by the time I can hahaha

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  5. DragonSpirit009

    May 3, 2016 at 15:01

    Man I can’t wait for this game. Every time I see something of this game I get super excited.

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  6. iusedtobe(a)regular

    May 3, 2016 at 15:41

    Well thats it then , no ocean no buy because seeing the ocean is what I was looking forward to the most about this game!

    Reply

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