Guerilla Games is best known for their Killzone franchise, and rightly so. To date their only non-Killzone game was also their first, Shellshock: Nam’67 back in 2004. That’s all about to change. At E3 this year they revealed their new game Horizon Zero Dawn, a brand new IP that takes players into the future after humanity has long since declined. After its cities fall to ruins and this old way of life becomes forgotten. Humanity starts to live as it once did thousands of years ago. Horizon Zero Dawn is a contrast of past and future, but merged into a single vision.
The trailer below shows both a cinematic introduction into Horizon Zero Dawn and delivers a strong representation of its gameplay. In a beautifully realized wilderness our female protagonist Aloy is out on a hunt. Not hunting animal, but dinosaurs… because this is the future. No, this isn’t Jurassic Park and the dinosaurs are back, they’re advanced mechanical lifeforms. They’re also the dominant lifeforms on the planet. The contrast is stark between the advanced technology making up these machines and the surrounding natural landscapes. However, the representation of how these mechanized dinosaurs act within their environment, is believable and fits into place within the games contrast and visual design.
Horizon Zero Dawn is a game that take merges two different visions; a world in the future, with civilizations rooted in the past. The mechanized wildlife is dangerous and Aloy has different weapons available to help her survive. Weapons shown off included a bow with different types of arrows and a Ropecaster which is used to subdue the mechanized T-Rex. What did catch my interest occurred in the middle of the trailer when Aloy had to kill a watcher. It seems that despite these lifeforms being mechanical, she apologizes and called it “little one”. The interaction it seems would have been no different than if it was an actual non-mechanized life form. I for one can’t wait to see how Guerrilla Game’s new world treads the line behind past and future and the mystery behind what happened to the human race. Horizon Zero Dawn is slated for release some time in 2016 exclusively for the PS4.