Horizon Zero Dawn is one game that made a huge splash at E3 2015. A PS4 exclusive from the makers of Killzone, Guerrilla Games, Horizon Zero Dawn was talked about as much as (if not more than) Shenmue 3, The Last Guardian and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. People instantly took a liking to its female protagonist, Aloy, and her robot dinosaur-slaying, and they’ve been eager to find out more.
In the latest edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK (issue #113), they took a look at the game, quizzing its team and uncovering exciting new details about one of gaming’s most exciting IPs. Read all about it after the break.
Horizon Zero Dawn – Crafting, Looting, Quests
In the game’s E3 announcement trailer, we see Aloy bring up her weapon wheel and select different types of arrows for her bow and we also see her shoot down some lower level robo-dinos, picking up the resources they leave behind. It should be little surprise then, that Horizon Zero Dawn players will be able to craft new gear, utilising the lead’s hunting skills.
Horizon‘s senior producer, Matt Norris, tells OPM that:
The weapons are a combination of natural elements found inside the environment and parts from the different machines in Horizon Zero Dawn. You combine them for weapons, ammo and outfits – you can see on Aloy herself the machine parts she uses”
But although players have been burnt by the tedious grind in other games, OPM clarifies that that “doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to spend hour inside of crafting menus” as you can bring up the weapon wheel and craft new arrows on the fly, as the weapon wheel slows the game down. Furthermore, Horizon Zero Dawn‘s gameplay should seem fresh as killing endless waves of skittish, green goo-carrying creatures isn’t the only way to get by. As the game is “completely open”, says game director Mathijs de Jonge, “you could go anywhere and pick up side-quests wherever you encounter them”.
Plus, Norris tells the publication that “[Horizon Zero Dawn] is a role-playing game, and that means there is loot. And there’s a pretty good amount of it!” OPM also states that “there are are full economies to be found in the cities of Horizon‘s huge world” and given that there are also plenty of tribes to meet, it wouldn’t be a huge shock for Guerrilla to reveal later down the line that we can haggle and win the favour of various groups in the game as well.
OPM issue #113 is available now, you can buy it from their official store.
Horizon Zero Dawn will be released on PS4 in 2016.