Horizon Zero Dawn

Angela Gillespie

Future Horizon Zero Dawn Games Could Star Someone Other Than Aloy

In an interview with MCV earlier this month, PlayStation UK’s Jon Edwards said Aloy is a “PlayStation icon of the future,” and he thinks that Horizon Zero Dawn has a lot of potential to be a new franchise. Speaking with Gamereactor about the possible future of Horizon recently, Guerrilla Senior Producer Angela Gillespie said she thinks Aloy will always be a part of the series, but it doesn’t mean we’ll see her as the protagonist in future installments: I think Aloy will always be a part of Horizon Zero Dawn, but as you might have seen, there is a big number of characters and tribes in the game, and we have a rich history. We spent years developing these tribes, so there is a possibility for other characters in the future, but Aloy will always remain in Horizon Zero Dawn. The review embargo for Horizon Zero Dawn lifted earlier today, and we gave it a 10/10. In response to the reviews, members of Sony and Guerrilla sent out these tweets: All these incredible #HorizonZeroDawn reviews got you excited? Preorder now and be ready to play at launch on 1/3: https://t.co/4UbL8xSGdv pic.twitter.com/m5JJwds7Hx — Horizon Zero PS EU (@PlayStationEU) February 20, 2017 Pretty hard to concentrate READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Horizon Zero Dawn Runs at a Nearly Locked 30fps, PS4 vs PS4 Pro Video Analysis Shows

[embedded content] After spending a week with Horizon Zero Dawn, Digital Foundry says it’s a “stunning technical showcase, no matter which iteration of PlayStation hardware you own.” In the above PS4 vs PS4 Pro frame-rate test video (skip ahead to 2:35 for the comparison), Digital Foundry shows that Horizon Zero Dawn runs at a locked, properly frame-paced 30fps during the majority of gameplay. Although there are small drops of a few frames at infrequent times on both platforms, they’re “barely noticeable for the most part and masked by motion blur when they do appear.” If you’re worried about the dynamic weather, Digital Foundry says, “The weather patterns have no real impact on performance. Rain, shine, fog, sandstorms, it doesn’t matter. The game runs very smoothly regardless.” Their analysis adds that Horizon runs at native 1080p on a standard PS4 and checkerboard 4K on a PS4 Pro: Horizon’s excellent performance at checkerboard 4K vs the native 1080p of the base PS4 version is a great achievement. While the Pro hardware has 2.3x the GPU power of the standard model, memory bandwidth hasn’t scaled in step – and it’s rare that we see a PS4 engine scale so gracefully between 1080p on base hardware and READ…

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Horizon Zero Dawn is the PS4 Exclusive You’ve Been Waiting For

The PlayStation 4 has had an impressive 2017 so far. With exclusive titles like Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, and Nioh, PS4 owners haven’t lacked games to play. Now, Sony is getting ready to unleash yet another highly anticipated exclusive: Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn. Over the weekend, I was able to clock in a little over 20 hours with Horizon. Like many, I became interested in the game after seeing it debut at E3 2015. Robot dinosaurs? Sold. I avoided many of the trailers that followed, but I remained excited to play Horizon. After spending many hours with it, I can safely say that Sony has another brilliant new IP on its hands. For the uninitiated, Horizon Zero Dawn takes place a thousand years in the future after the collapse of human civilization. For the most part, it is a stone age world where people have to live off the land to survive. Advanced technology only exists in the form of robots that resemble animals. For years, humans and machines lived in (relative) peace, but for unknown reasons, all robots have become hostile. Survival in this harsh land isn’t easy, and having to contend with killer robots makes it…

DLC & Patches

Horizon Zero Dawn Day One Update Will Include a New PS4 Pro Mode Favoring Frame-Rate

With the review embargo lifted, it’s been revealed that the 250MB day one Horizon Zero Dawn update will include a new PlayStation 4 Pro Performance mode favoring frame-rate. “Horizon Zero Dawn will receive a small day zero patch that will build upon PlayStation 4 Pro support, adding a Performance mode which will favor smoother framerates while delivering higher visual fidelity in the 1080p mode,” Sony wrote in the review documents. “This mode is available for both 4K and 1080p displays.” You’ll be able to choose your resolution and HDR/SDR preferences in Horizon Zero Dawn by opening up the menu and going to Settings > Visual. If you’re looking for a way to help pass the time before Horizon launches next week, Sony is giving away an exclusive Watcher Avatar to anyone in North America who completes the quest on live.playstation.com. To unlock it, you just need to watch a trailer and find out about the Facebook event. By pre-ordering Horizon through the PlayStation Store, you’ll receive the Nora Machine-Trapper Pack and this dynamic theme: Gear up to take on the machines of #HorizonZeroDawn. Pre-order at PlayStation Store to get this free Dynamic Theme: https://t.co/d5f3OyMjSk pic.twitter.com/0gFfYD2pB9 — PlayStation (@PlayStation) February 19, 2017 In our review of Horizon Zero Dawn, we READ FULL STORY…

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Horizon: Zero Dawn: The Kotaku Review

For years now, the latest console generation has been coasting on the idea that more raw power means better games. The PS4’s newest exclusive game, Horizon: Zero Dawn, is the rare game that delivers on that promise. Advertisement To play Guerilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn is to feel awe. Awe over sheer technical wizardry and its ability to transport you into a new world. Awe over discovering gargantuan mechanical dinosaurs and gradually uncovering the mysteries of a lost civilization. Awe over the fact I have never seen so many kickass women in a first party big-budget game, much less this many people of color in key roles. I often found myself pausing the game just to marvel at it all. Advertisement Horizon: Zero Dawn is a third-person action game that tells the story of a relentless young woman named Aloy, who, for reasons unknown, was cast out of the Nora tribe at birth. Instead of accepting her fate as an outsider, Aloy dedicates her life to combat and survival training. Her goal is to participate in a Nora ceremony known as The Proving, as READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Horizon Zero Dawn Review – Post-Apocalypse Phenomenon (PS4)

It has been a long time since Guerrilla Games has done anything outside of their revered franchise, Killzone. Horizon Zero Dawn surprised most everyone with its announcement at E3 2014, and is finally almost in gamer’s hands worldwide. So, does Guerrilla Games still know how to make a third-person console game, almost 13 years after Shellshock: Nam ’67? An Intriguing Setting Earth, 3XXX. The exact date and time is not known, because the world ended several centuries ago. In this land, humanity exists as a loose collection of tribes. Each have their own set of customs, beliefs, enemies, and allies. All live as we imagine our own ancestors did, perhaps a millennium or more ago. Yet machines also live among the rest of life, intriguing and incredibly powerful creations whose very reason for existing is not known by any human currently alive. You play as Aloy, a girl who is born in mysterious circumstances to the Nora tribe, a forest-dwelling people ruled by matriarchs. While one elder sees you as a blessing from the All-Mother, the God of her people, the other elders see you as an omen, and thus, you are shunned. Only by winning a contest called The…

Everything You Need to Know

Horizon Zero Dawn – Everything You Need to Know

January is so often a quiet corridor for new releases but thanks to Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, and Resident Evil 7, players have been treated to a handful of enticing titles to break up the annual lull. Toss in the recent release of Team Ninja’s tough-as-nails Nioh and it would seem that 2017 is off to a strong start — and things are only going to get better. Case in point: Horizon Zero Dawn. Guerrilla’s bold and indeed beautiful new IP that’s on the verge of becoming the first PlayStation heavy-hitter of 2017. Originally scheduled to launch late last year, the studio postponed Aloy’s grand adventure in order to ensure that the dev team was given the necessary time to deliver on its ambitious vision. And what a vision it is. Providing you haven’t spent the past 18 months hunting robo-dinos out in the wild, you’ll know that Horizon is rooted in a lush, post-post-apocalyptic world, one in which humanity is no longer perched at the top of the food chain. In our stead, a new species has taken over the planet, and their existence is seemingly crucial to the mysterious plot of Zero Dawn. But let’s not spoil things ahead READ…

Guerrilla Games

Horizon Zero Dawn’s Pre-Load and Unlock Times Confirmed

[embedded content] If you’re buying Horizon Zero Dawn via the PlayStation Store then you might want to note when you can begin pre-loading and when exactly the game unlocks for you. In the “Countdown to Launch” trailer above, Sony confirms that pre-load starts 48 hours prior to the game’s release in the US on Tuesday, February 28. It will unlock at 9pm PST on February 27, which is 11pm CST and midnight EST (February 28). As a reminder, Horizon Zero Dawn‘s reviews will officially drop on Monday, February 20. If the wait is killing you, then you can find a number of previews online (our latest one from an event this week here) and if that still isn’t enough, then there are plenty of gameplay videos and trailers that were released in recent weeks, all of which you can find in our previous coverage of the title here. Horizon Zero Dawn releases in other regions on March 1. Are you picking up a physical copy or buying online? Let us know. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Guerrilla Games

New Horizon: Zero Dawn Trailer Reveals PSN Unlock Time; Reminds Us That it’s Almost Time for Release

Horizon Zero Dawn Gets More Trailers, Trophy Details Revealed

[embedded content] Offering up a look at the various ways you can hunt and providing a brief overview of Aloy, two more Horizon Zero Dawn trailers went live today. [embedded content] “Are you ready to hunt? Prepare your strategy, track your prey and fight the machines with all you’ve got in Horizon Zero Dawn,” Sony says of the Thrill of the Hunt video. For The Hero: Aloy trailer, they add, “Shunned by her tribe, Aloy is in search of her true origins. On her journey she will meet new Tribes to aid her in her quest to discover the truth of her origins in Horizon Zero Dawn.” As PowerPyx reveals, there’s 56 Trophies to unlock in Horizon Zero Dawn, including one Platinum, one Gold, five Silver, and 49 Bronze. PowerPyx’s list doesn’t include Trophy names or details on the 15 hidden (and story spoiler-filled) Bronze Trophies, but they do provide descriptions for every other Trophy. Keeping in mind that there are potential spoilers ahead, here’s what to expect from some of Horizon’s Trophies: Gold Earned a blazing sun mark in all trials at all hunting grounds Silver Scaled all of the Tallnecks Took back all settlements from bandit clans Reached the core of every cauldron and…

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PS4 Exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn Gets New Gorgeous Trailers Showing Aloy and the Thrill of the Hunt

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Horizon Zero Dawn Preview – Focused Aggression (PS4)

There’s less than two weeks left before Horizon Zero Dawn finally drops and we got invited to a preview event in Manila, Philippines, where I got to play the first three chapters of the game’s retail build, as well as speak to the game’s Lead Concept Artist, Roland Ijzermans, which will be hitting the site soon. Horizon Zero Dawn is the first new IP from Guerrilla Games since it announced Killzone way back in 2003. The game has been in development at the studio since 2011 and was initially supposed to release in 2016 but was then delayed to this year to give the development team more time to polish the game further. At the preview event, I was able to try out the first few portions of the game which included the game’s prologue as well as the first of the game’s main chapters. The opening cinematic and prologue gave me a glimpse of the background of the game’s female protagonist, Aloy, as well as the world she resides in. The prologue also introduces some of the game’s elements and partially acts as a tutorial for a few of its mechanics. The prologue then ends and transitions into READ…

DLC & Patches

Horizon Zero Dawn’s Day One Update Is 250MB, New Trailers Released

Clearing up some confusion that arose this week, Horizon Zero Dawn Game Director Mathijs de Jonge clarified that the 16GB file size some early players are seeing on the disc release isn’t a day one patch, but rather the install. “No that is an initial install so you can start the game sooner,” he explained. Earlier today, Guerrilla Games confirmed that the day one update for Horizon Zero Dawn is around 250MB. “Patch notes will be shared as soon as the game has launched,” they added. Titled Overwhelming Odds and Explore the Wilds, the two Horizon videos released today offer up some new gameplay footage, as well as a look at the world and machines: [embedded content] [embedded content] Horizon Zero Dawn launches on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe, but if you pre-order through the PlayStation Store, it looks like you’ll be able to access it a few hours early (at least in the United States and Japan). “Early access yes, but can’t say how early, that fluctuates,” de Jonge said. Asked about a Season Pass or DLC for Horizon, de Jonge replied, “Can only talk about this release.” [Source: Guerrilla Games (Twitter), Mathijs de Jonge (Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, READ…

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PS4 Exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn’s New Trailers Show Gorgeous Environments and Fearsome Machines

Today Sony Interactive Entertainment showcased two new gameplay trailers of Guerrilla Games’ upcoming RPG Horizon: Zero Dawn. …Read More The post PS4 Exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn’s New Trailers Show Gorgeous Environments and Fearsome Machines by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.