Port house Panic Button is making a name for itself on the Nintendo Switch by converting “console” games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Warframe to the handheld device. And in an interview with Comicbook.com, the studio admitted that there’s one particular title it’d love to have a crack at: Guerrilla Games’ gorgeous open world role-playing game Horizon: Zero Dawn.
While it’s an impossibility given that the PlayStation 4 exclusive is owned by Sony, we also wonder whether it would be feasible from a technical stance, too. The Dutch developer has always been renowned for pushing PlayStation hardware to its absolute limits, and Aloy’s inaugural adventure remains one of the most impressive visual feasts created to date.
It’s also a deeply immersive experience that, in this author’s opinion, benefits from a large screen and a beefy sound system. To be fair to Panic Button, it did admit that it’d essentially have to re-work the title to make it run on Nintendo’s portable platform, and even then it’d be practically impossible. Y’all may have to make do with 2011’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim instead. Helluva PlayStation 3 game, that one.
Heres hoping Sony accommodates their wishes by making their own portable device for PS5. Then they can hopefully do this for HZD 2.
Watch the usual suspects come out now moaning at PS for saying the N word.
I mean it'd be doable. In the same way that getting Skyrim on Alexa was playing Skyrim via PDA.
And hey, that's 2016's Skyrim Remaster thank you.
And 2016's DOOM. And 2017's Wolfenstein....2? Or is it 3? The numbering is weird.
Anyway where was I? Oh yeah, portable gaming is dead.
I'm pretty sure they know they job. Of course the game wouldn't look as good as on PS4, but remember games like Uncharted 3 or The Last of Us on the previous generation and how good they were. The Switch is more powerful than the PS3 and I think it could get a nice versiof of HZD. Only problem that I can think of is the limited storage space, I think they should require a big sd card for games like this.
Man, you talk some ish. Gets tiring.
@jmbenetti The problem is that Uncharted and The Last of Us were quite linear. I think what makes Horizon so impressive is that it's open world with a similar level of production values.
I'm sure it's probably possible to run something on Horizon on "lesser" hardware, but I think at some point you'd probably be changing it so much that it wasn't really Horizon anymore.
But I'm no developer so what do I know!
@get2sammyb NGL, gimme a Megaman style 2D HZD and I'd probably buy that before the actual game.
Sprite quality like Metal Slug? Sign me the hell up.
@Knuckles-Fajita It does look good, doesn't it?
@get2sammyb We are all speculating here. I would like to hear what the guys of Digital Foundry have to say about this.
@get2sammyb Kind of envisioning the gameplay as Megaman crossed with Salt and Sanctuary. Light crafting, close and long range combat.
Yeah. That's nice.
I could never play it on a handheld after playing it on the Pro...
I don't think I'd want this game on Switch even if it could be ported. I've tried playing it, but it just hasn't hooked me. Now God of War on the other hand...Sony, make your next console a hybrid and put it on there because I'd love portable GoW.
Me fighting the temptation to post an unnecessarily distasteful troll comment
I love how when you guys throw some friendly shade at Nintendo, people get heated.
Yet when a certain sister site does it with Sony, nobody calls them out on it 🤔🤔🤔
Eh I'd rather it on PC. On Switch, I can play the superior BoTW haha, I liked Horizon but it wasn't quite Game of the Year material. I own multiple consoles so that I can play different games so unless I want to start arguing with myself I don't really get worked up about these sorts of things.
Maybe swich can run horizon zd at 240p and 10 fps lol.
I just don't understand Nintendo fans they are always port begging games from PS4 why not stop been stubborn and buy a PS4
@nessisonett see I’m of the opposite opinion where botw was nowhere near goty material and horizon was easily better. Horizon had the better story,characters,sidequests,combat,graphics,enemies and open world. Zelda had the climb anything that ac games had been doing for years and the physics which were amazing for an open world game and that’s it.
One of my 3 favorite games of all time... I'd totally buy it again on Switch if it ever happened.
@GKO900 That's exactly what I did. The best combo in gaming IMO.
@wiiware scew that
Frame by frame.
what a stupid comment by the developer. doom and wolf are much simpler games than horizon and even those titles took MAJOR performance hits. horizon on switch would be impossible — at least if trying to maintain some sort of quality control and respect for the source. sure, you could probably run the game at 18fps at 480p with a major reduction in draw distance, texture, visual fidelity and restrictions made to the open world. but who the hell would want THAT?
@GKO900 Why were PS4 fans asking for Octopath? Stop being stubborn and just by a Switch. :shrug:
@Knuckles-Fajita Nah don’t bother dude. XD
@Knuckles-Fajita I never saw anyone ask for Octopath here (Other than you of course) and even on other places they were just making fun of how Switch owners are only port begging for games
@Jimmy_G_Buckets Totally agree, why limit yourself to just one company get the best from both
@GKO900 I would definitely want octopath.
@ztpayne7 😅But why!? we are getting Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age soon which it's better than octopath
@GKO900 I’d be much more excited about octopath. I love the art style. And I’m not one that’s only about retro games as my favorite games this year are God of War and Detroit. But that art style is just amazing.
@GKO900 In Japan, the top Google search was Octopath PS4 so...ya know.
@Knuckles-Fajita Interesting, but that has nothing to do in the west side, besides I really don't care too much about Japan now since they are loosing there mind buying overpriced cardboard 🤣
But according to many usual suspects here, Sony exclusives aren't good. Also, they always reiterate that will buy the multiplat games on pc after, lol. Now I'm confused...
Troll article is troll. Want the best of both gaming world's? Get a switch and PS4 like myself. I'm sure the crew at panic button are huge fans of HZD and simply stated it be a dream game to Port over. No need for the hate. Console wars have been childish since the days of snes and Genesis. Buy what u like and enjoy smh.
@Nono18 you sir said it well!
@Knuckles-Fajita To be fair, octopath is 3rd party game, and I remember there's a lot of switch fan ask for persona 5 port when it launch on ps4. Some people like to play games on portable system, some people like to play it 4k on their tv.
Also the game still selling out on most shop, so even for the people that have switch, they still can't buy it lol
@wiiware but isn’t Portable gaming niche and practically dead? According to Sammy.
They are lucky they aren't getting that over hyped rubbish on the switch
That picture is hilarious. C'mon people, we like Nintendo, but who can resist soem ribbing? I mean it's not like Nintendo owners are going to start Switching from the Switch when they see all the good games are over here right?
@wiiware Square Enix probably learn from Nintendo on how to create artificial demand with there stuff and now they are putting one game per store 😝
Actually it could happen like MS allowing Minecraft to be ported to the Switch, or like MS allowing cross platform multipla... oops. Nah this will never happen.
I have every current gen console (PS4, XBOX ONE S, Switch) and yeah I do want some PS4 / XBOX ONE exclusive games to be on the Switch for the portability. But I also know that would never happen.
Ok can I please say something That Company w that weak gimmicky platform... with thier tired repetitive games & franchises that are inferior to even some INDIE games... let alone Sony’s great franchises... it’s insulting to even imagine the likes of the Great Horizon Zero Dawn that amazing PS4 1st Party game on that small weak tablet from that company that is stuck in the past...
Keep on dreaming, never gonna happen!
@PS_Nation the day Sony Exclusives aren’t good is the day The Gaming Industry crashes once again...
@get2sammyb i would totally play that 😂😅
@Matthew010 Funny because Switch is a premium console and there games are always more expensive than PlayStation not only that but is also very well known that Nintendo fans love to double dip because of portability so they say, but anyway I'm not a troll like you I'm just saying the true Switch owners are always port begging even reviewers from NintendoLife port beg games it's embarrassing my point is, you know what you were getting by choosing a Nintendo console only Nintendo games and a couple of exclusives no more it's always been like that if you want great first party games and third party for a great price go with PlayStation, my PS4 only cost me 200 on Black Friday so the excuse of money it's weak
@Matthew010 You are not a troll, yet you are here claiming that Nintendo exclusives are better than Sony, that they are more innovative and that PS4 is nothing more than a more powerful PS3, funny because all of this fits as a troll in my dictionary
Fans of every system ever port beg mate. Just accept it and put down the spade 😋
Considering how great Wolfenstein II looks on Switch, it's probably for the best that Horizon won't be on there.
@GKO900 it's normally third-party PS4 games and the reasons are clear as day - Switch offers portability without the toll of mobile data expenses, hijinks of connectivity and risk of running into a "triggers on rear touchpad" scheme with no remapping options in sight. Switch is the only portable console of a new generation right now, so when anyone starts questioning wanting all kinds of ports on it, you are tempted to wonder if they have experienced full-time employment yet. XD
@Derpie1 I bought switch not because it's portable but because it's nintendo (for playing new mario/zelda/metroid), I don't have problem if switch isn't portable but cheap $200 console like wii
@GKO900 Octopath doesn't have amiboo so the only option squareenix has is to make the cartidge scarce
@electrolite77 Maybe but not to the levels of the Switch fans, those port beggars are everywhere and want everything including games from 3DS another Nintendo console i feel sorry for all those Switch owners that have no games so now they spend their time port begging 😂
Lol, maybe in 240p. There were some ports of AAA games already and they look awful because switch just sucks. Nobody even wanted to buy it in central Europe. There were dozens in the market just laying there.
@Knuckles-Fajita Emphasis on "In Japan". Talking about Japan like it's the Second Coming. People in Japan don't suffer from the cancerous fanboy console war like in the West, if they were wondering is because they wanted to know if it was worth getting on the Switch or wait for their console of choice. That's where the top search came from, nothing compared to port begging.
@wiiware But with your disappointment with THAT company... why bother with that system if you have prob all that you need in the PlayStation 4 Pro?
@GKO900 that person merely is dillusional nothing more nothing less you should ignore them and go enjoy those Sony 1st Party Masterpiece while that guy can go back to those indie games
@GKO900 that console will never get games because no devs care for the system just indie devs... AAA 3rd parties don’t crazily care for that system they’re completely fine w PlayStation & that system with the X... & PC.
@NintendoFan4Lyf It's okay 'NintendoFan4Lyf', you're entitled to your opinion.
@Derpie1 I don't think mario/zelda/metroid will be on ps system lol
@wiiware Why do you like these franchises when they prob disappoint you nowadays due to a lack of storytelling...
@NintendoFan4Lyf Okay. But you're the only person talking about Breath of the Wild here? I'm not even sure what it's got to do with anything?
@Derpie1 Because a game is bad if there's no story?
Well then, I guess I need to ask for a refund for The Witness.
@NintendoFan4Lyf I think you're underestimating how many hardware resources are required to have those giant machines wandering about in the world itself.
I cant imagine this would run well at all, the resolution would probably end up like 'The Amazing Spiderman' on the Vita, just to maintain the frame rate.
I liked Horizon and it looked amazing, but I did get a bit bored before the end, not intended as an overall reflection on the games quality, I just tend to get 'open world' fatigue.
@NintendoFan4Lyf I think he doesnt care and just wants to push his narrative and what he believes.
@NintendoFan4Lyf A little.
@NintendoFan4Lyf ... Portable gaming is dead (as far as this website is concerned)
@NintendoFan4Lyf won’t happen because power... Both want power
Hybrid costs power you have to go down. THAT company doesn’t care for power which has more negatives than positives...
Seems interesting but I have my doubts. Thing is HZD animations are extremely well done and the physics are pretty advanced, much more so than titles like Wolfenstein or Skyrim.
Because the PS4's graphics can only shine whenever you're surrounded by the walls of your fancy house.
Came back to this article years later and just thought I should, y'know, state the obvious.
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