Horizon: Zero Dawn, the ambitious new property from Guerrilla Games, dazzled during Sony's big E3 2015 media briefing this week – but we don't actually know a lot about the game. We know that you'll play as Aloy, a young female protagonist from a tribe who's adept at hunting Machines – the robotic creatures who have replaced humans at the top of the food chain.
However, the rumours prior to the reveal hinted that this is a role-playing game, yet in principle we saw a Monster Hunter-like action game. So, what actually is it? "It's an open world action RPG," managing director Hermen Hulst told Geoff Keighley directly after the Sony press conference. "We showed a lot of action, but we'll talk about the RPG elements [another time]."
Hulst was willing to reveal that there's a loot-based system in the game, and it appears, much like Capcom's creature slayer, you'll be disposing of enemies in order to collect pieces of gear, which you'll then be able to fashion into new types of ammo and equipment. What's not clear is whether you'll be picking up quests and chatting with NPCs a la The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
One thing we do know, though, is that Guerrilla Games has been recruiting a lot of people from CD Projekt Red, so you should probably expect elements like that in the final game. It's due out in 2016, so hopefully we don't have to wait too long to learn more.