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.
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It'd be awesome if you guys had exclusive interviews. So much second hand news. Hell even a youtuber I'm subbed to with like 12 thousand subs got invites to all the press conferences and has exclusive interviews lined up (BGbrokengamez)
You would think being an all Sony site you guys could get interviews from Sony devs and Sony ppl for sure.
I love that you play as a female protagonist. When giving the choice of playing as a male or female I pretty much always make/play as a female.
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This was the best reveal from the Sony event, along with Uncharted 4......simple amazing. Shenmue 3, cool
....Final Fantasy 7 Remake and The Last Guardian, meh.
Herman Hulst actually confirmed the side-quest stuff during sony live day one stream.
@get2sammyb that's great. I really enjoy the writing style on this site and I visit it at least once a day. I don't always comment, because my opinions a lot of time clash with a lot of your readers opinions. Mostly I think because I game on all platforms more often than just Playstation so I find I can see the positives and negatives more clearly of each platform including Playstation, maybe more so than someone who only games on Playstation. But that's no big deal to me I still love the articles.
@get2sammyb - "and I won't rest until I achieve everything that I set out to do when I started the site a few years ago."
Funny, I thought you would retire after TLG released.
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This was the best new IP announced at E3 from my point of view. It's my second most anticipated PS4 exclusive behind Uncharted 4 and higher up my wanted list than the majority (if not all) 3rd Party games too...
I'm just happy to see Sony create a new female protagonist for a AAA quality game, the last ones I can remember were Jodie Holmes from Beyond Two Souls, Kat from Gravity Rush (please show a sequel soon) and Nariko from Heavenly Sword. Does anyone know who's voicing Aloy? Sounded a bit like Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones.
"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 Witcher 3- The Mechanical Menace, I'll pass, need something original and not a cut and paste from something else
I was interested but if its too Monster Hunter like I'll lose interest....
I was really impressed by the trailer, but will have to see some more gameplay first.
Oh, I really like art direction in Guerrilla games.... So I'm sold. And worlds they create are really interesting. Killzone Universe is one of most fascinating and original in games.
And this one looks promising also. I had a lot of Princess Mononoke vibes from gameplay trailer. OMG!!!!
This was my number one PS4 game of the expo.
How old is this site? Was Pushsquare first, then NintendoLife, then PureXbox?
Nice to see article on this, I've mentioned this a few times in the comments. One thing is that any upgrade or crafting system only seems to apply to your bow. Your weapon is metal and hi-tech but your clothes are animal skins - though maybe you hunt biological animals too, though that would dilute the theme, I'd say.
In MH all your stuff is crafted from your prey, including the wacky armour which is a huge part of defining your character's looks. Also, many of your stats are derived from your armour, it's also a big part of determining your effectiveness at your chosen class, that being determined by your weapon choice. In Horizon I don't think that'll be the case, if you only use a bow and thus can't change class or playstyle like MH, and can't influence your stats, this is a cool looking TPS, not an RPG. I eagerly await them proving me wrong because this could be amazing.
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