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Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn

PlayStation 4
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Classification: TBC
Release Date:
1st March 2017
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:03pm 11/03/20 | 0 Comments
In that there's already a Steam listing up and everything - with a Summer 2020 release window (that being Winter 2020 for us southern hemispherics) for Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition. Yeah, one of the defining PlayStation 4 exclusives from this console generation is now coming to PC.

But, three years after its 2017 debut so there's that. In addition to including the base-game and expansion we can probably expect visual updates and support for higher frame-rates. On that front we'll have to wait to see what's in store, as the Steam page currently has placeholder images from the PS4 Pro version of the game.

To answer the question of what this means for PlayStation and exclusive games going forward a new interview with former Guerilla head Hermen Hulst, who's now Head of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios noted that this doesn't mean that all games will now be coming to PC day and date.

"Releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC," Hermen says. "In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware."

As for the reasoning he adds, "I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on."
Monday, 20 January 2020
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:03pm 20/01/20 | 2 Comments
Which would see one of Sony's most recognised PlayStation 4 exclusives makes its way to another platform, in what is also being reported as potentially the first of many potential ports. Although not official, Kotaku's Jason Schreier cites multiple sources confirming Horizon Zero Dawn will be way to the Epic Games Store and Steam sometime this year.

No reasoning for the PC-port is given but seeing as how Horizon Zero Dawn dates back to 2017 - the move will no doubt open the game up to a larger audience. And enough time has past that the move feels like a great way for Sony to re-enter the PC market. Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is coming to PC this year too but that release is being published by 505 Games. On that note, Death Stranding does use Guerrilla's Decima Engine - so perhaps this is simply a way to capitalise on getting the underlying tech running on modern PC hardware.

And we'd love to see Horizon running above 60 frames-per-second on a high-end rig.

That aside, it's always good news when a great game makes its way to a larger audience. As per Joab's review, "At the end of the day I loved Horizon Zero Dawn when it was a small, contained dinosaur hunting game — and then I loved it more when it revealed it was actually The Witcher: Dinosaur Edition."
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:31pm 08/03/18 | 0 Comments
With Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition available to purchase on PlayStation Store for $39.95 - a saving of 42%. Horizon Zero Dawn also represents one of the most popular new game franchises this generation have sold over 7.6 million copies. To celebrate the milestone and one year we've got an infographic and a new video celebrating the impact of Horizon Zero Dawn.

Which includes appearances from Hideo Kojima (Kojima Productions) and Australia’s very own Siobhan Reddy (Media Molecule). Check it out.



And here's the inforgraphic that highlights some fairly mind-boggling stats like players collecting over 40 billion Ridgewood plants and the billions of dino-bots taken care of. As in destroyed.



Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:41pm 06/12/17 | 0 Comments
Even Hideo Kojima has nice things to say about Horizon Zero Dawn, even if I think the game could have been a lot more than the sum of its total eye-candy parts, as today's celebration trailer points out, in celebration of the release of Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition.

Here's what the Complete Edition comes packed with:

The Complete Edition includes the expansion, The Frozen Wilds, which adds a sizeable chunk of content to Horizon Zero Dawn’s already formidable world. That means more ancient mysteries to uncover, more gripping quests to complete, more dangerous machines to defeat and more colourful personalities to meet.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Complete Edition also brings a raft of new updates to the game, including:
  • Story – A new difficulty mode that allows players to immerse themself in the narrative of Horizon Zero Dawn and the exploration of Aloy’s world without having to worry too much about combat.
  • New Game+ – Players will be able to relive the adventures of Aloy without losing their character progression and collected inventory
  • Ultra Hard difficulty – For those who like a challenge. This new setting will enhance Machine senses and behaviour and other additional smaller tweaks.
Best of all, the Complete Edition is selling at an RRP of AUD$69.95 which is a fair amount of content for a decent price point. Check out the new trailer embedded below.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:55pm 08/08/17 | 0 Comments
November 7 to be exact. And if you were a fan of the original like we were, then you'd probably want to mark your calendar. Horizon Zero Dawn for the PlayStation 4 is certainly a serious contender for 2017 Game of the Year, where alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild made the early part of this year heaven for fans of gorgeous open-world games.

And the expansion The Frozen Wilds looks to be as equally impressive by shifting the action to the icy territories of the north. It's always the north.



As per the teaser above, with the date now set pre-orders for Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds are now open.
Monday, 6 February 2017
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 04:01pm 06/02/17 | 0 Comments
By all accounts Horizon Zero Dawn is shaping up to be Game of the Year material. But, its lush futuristic setting and open world RPG mechanics made it one of the biggest undertakings yet for Killzone developer Guerrilla Games. So much so that the studio had to spend years perfecting it tools and building the right team to make this game a reality. In a new series of videos, we get to see some of that process.

And by some we mean that even though these are still technically promotional videos for the February 28 release of Horizon Zero Dawn, they still give us an insight into the behind-the-scenes development of the game.



As its split into three videos be sure to check our Part 2 and Part 3.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:38pm 01/02/17 | 2 Comments
Recently AusGamers was invited out to Killzone developer Guerrilla Games' Amsterdam HQ to get an extensive look at their forthcoming open-world action-adventure RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. We played through a stack of the game, partook in a studio tour and chatted to some of the brass, and as the first part of a handful of features built around the game, we've put together an extensive look at what we played and at how deep and inviting this new game-world really is.

And so stay tuned for more on this promising new franchise of the next week or so, but for now, here's a snippet from our hands-on report from the game:
If you’ve been following the game at all, you’ll know the elevator pitch is ‘open-world action-RPG set in an overgrown, lush post-apocalyptic future where an ecology of dynamic animal-like robots share the world with socially and technologically devolved humans, and other animals’. It’s a mouthful, and must have been a longer elevator ride than most, but what’s impressive about any such undertaking is understanding the switch from a linear story about a specific set of characters fighting a common enemy -- where the developers controlled the beats and scripting -- to an entirely realised world with rules set outside of the player-narrative. This is a hard concept to grasp, especially because in modern open-world games, ecology is as much a pillar of the game’s world as the open-world itself is. And to have crafted an entirely new ecosystem to coexist alongside one we -- as players -- will already easily understand, and have it nestle there seamlessly, while leaving us with nothing but questions, is to be applauded.
Click here for our full hands-on preview feature for Horizon Zero Dawn.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:14pm 08/09/16 | 0 Comments
Okay so maybe the Mass Effect: Andromeda clip, what with it being set inside a giant space cave, may not have been all that exciting. What you need is a 4K future-forest, one where robo-dinosaurs roam free and a hunter goes about their future-hunting. Yeah, Sony decided to showcase the power of its new 4K-capable PlayStation 4 pro with a new look at Horizon: Zero Dawn. And it looks incredible.

Jaw effectively dropped.



Now to get me one of those fancy new 4K TVs.
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:27am 07/06/16 | 0 Comments
The Guerilla Games elevator pitch for Horizon Zero Dawn was probably pretty easy:

"So, we're done with this Killzone thing, and you know, FPS in general... what should we do next?"

"I dunno, how about open-world robot dinosaurs in a post-apocalyptic setting?"

"Hrm, done!"

The team has released a new character-based story trailer highlighting some of the concepts and history surrounding the game's main character, Aloy.

Earth is ours no more.

The masters of the new wilderness are teeming herds of fearsome Machines.

Play as Aloy, shunned by her tribe since birth, as she harnesses her agility, cunning, and deadly aim to hunt these terrifying mechanized creatures.

Face insurmountable odds to turn predators to prey. Fuse primitive gear with advanced tech to create unique weapons and explore dangerous landscapes.

Alone against warring tribes, unforgiving wilds, and Machines of all shapes and sizes, can you survive long enough to discover your destiny among the deepest secrets of the ancient past?
Sony Australia today also confirmed the game will release on our shores on March 1, 2017 exclusively for PS4.

Watch the new trailer embedded below.