Back when Horizon: Zero Dawn was first announced, this author suggested that protagonist Aloy's name may have been inspired by the Eloi in H.G. Wells' legendary novel, The Time Machine. Well, gleeful back slapping aside, it turns out that we were probably right, as Guerrilla Games has revealed that it pitched a project based on the 1895 classic before settling upon the all-new property.
"H.G. Wells and The Time Machine – that was one of the pitches," gaffer Hermen Hulst told IGN. "We told that story, I'm not sure if you heard about that, but we had everybody in the company pitch for new ideas. One of them turned out to be Horizon: Zero Dawn, but another one was actually an H.G. Wells-based game. I suppose you can see some elements translated into Horizon."
Elsewhere in the interview, Hulst touched upon the scale of the title. "It's a big world," he said. "It's never been our ambition to make the biggest possible world, cause it's not really about that, it's about the quality of the journey, and the quality of the tactical combat against these machines. But it's a vast world that's hours and hours of exploration in this post-post-apocalyptic playground."
The game's still on track for a 2016 release, and after an amazing E3 2015 unveiling, we're hoping to see more at Paris Games Week a little later in the year. Are you still excited for this bold new brand, or has your interest waned a little over the past few months? Travel through time into the comments section below.