Dinosaurs are a woefully underused trope in the video game industry. Sure, we had the Turok series for a while in the late 90s, coupled with Primal Rage and Dino Crisis, but it’s about time the prehistoric predators come back with a bang. We can only put up with zombies for so long, after all. Killzone developer Guerrilla Games is hoping to do just that and more with all-new IP Horizon: Zero Dawn,
Featuring towering, mechanized dinosaurs, Guerrilla’s latest wowed the PlayStation faithful during Sony’s E3 presser yesterday evening, promising a beautiful open-world within which players can train and hunt the cyborg beasts. What makes Zero Dawn so special, though, is its intriguing set-up. Relegating humanity back to the caves, the PS4 exclusive will see mankind scavenging for resources in the far future, one where nature has completely reclaimed the once-powerful cityscapes that dominated the skyline.
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Many of the world’s inhabitants will be split into various tribes, though our adventure will orbit around one highly-skilled hunter known as Aloy, who explores the vast, strikingly beautiful environment to uncover the secrets behind many of the tribal societies and the marauding dinosaurs around them. Co-existence has never been easy.
Guerrilla Games has slated Horizon: Zero Dawn for a release in 2016. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida trumpeted the franchise credentials of the new IP, and we have every reason to believe him.
Check out some official details from Guerrilla about its ambitious open-world RPG below:
A Lush Post-Apocalyptic World – How have machines come to dominate this world, and what is their purpose? What happened to the civilization here before? Scour every corner of a realm filled with ancient relics and mysterious buildings in order to uncover your past and unearth the many secrets of a forgotten land.
– Nature and Machines Collide – Horizon Zero Dawn juxtaposes two contrasting elements, taking a vibrant world rich with beautiful nature and filling it with awe-inspiring highly advanced technology. This marriage creates a dynamic combination for both exploration and gameplay.
– Defy Overwhelming Odds – The foundation of combat in Horizon Zero Dawn is built upon the speed and cunning of Aloy versus the raw strength and size of the machines. In order to overcome a much larger and technologically superior enemy, Aloy must use every ounce of her knowledge, intelligence, and agility to survive each encounter.
– Cutting Edge Open World Tech – Stunningly detailed forests, imposing mountains, and atmospheric ruins of a bygone civilization meld together in a landscape that is alive with changing weather and a day/night cycle.