Guerrilla Games’ upcoming PS4 exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, is one game that isn’t short of selling points. In addition to an intriguing setting in which robot dinosaurs have taken over and human civilisation as we know it has fallen, the game also stars a kickass female hunter named Aloy as its lead and battles on an epic scale. And it will have RPG gameplay too.
In an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, two of the game’s development team revealed that Horizon Zero Dawn would feature plenty of looting, questing and crafting (including weapons, ammo and new outfits for Aloy). Pressed for more info GamesRadar, a new interview with Guerrilla gives us more of an idea of what to expect.
Horizon Zero Dawn RPG Details
In the interview, GamesRadar points out that “Horizon’s an action-RPG, but when people hear the letters RPG they think of The Witcher or of Skyrim”. Given that Guerrilla has hired several developers who have worked on The Witcher and Fallout series (as well as open-world RPG of sorts, Sleeping Dogs) and it’s a natural assumption to think that Horizon Zero Dawn will be in the same vein. However when GamesRadar asks “is Horizon offering that same role-playing depth?” Guerrilla clarifies, saying that that:
“I guess you’re wondering where we are on that spectrum of, on the one side more action-orientated games like Assassin’s Creed, and on the other hand you have your Elder Scrolls and these kinds of series. I think we’re in-between. We have elements in both directions, and that probably puts us somewhere in between. It’s really difficult to talk about how deep the role-playing experience is without being able to show it yet, because people start speculating on it too much. Once we have something to show we’ll talk about it in more detail.”
Many would agree that that’s not a bad middle-ground to be on. After all, plenty of Skyrim players are more than happy to become the most powerful Fus-Ro-Dah-ing Dragonborns in the land, but in Assassin’s Creed, there are lots of players who just want to get through the story, ignoring those gold and loot grinding side activities altogether. So, if Horizon Zero Dawn can cater to both audiences, it should be a hit.
As for other news about Horizon Zero Dawn, Guerrilla recently released the concept art that you see at the top of this post and, while giving a talk on ‘volumetric presentation’ at the recent SIGGRAPH 2015 event, the developer also released this impressive time-lapse of the game’s sky.
Horizon Zero Dawn will be released in 2016, exclusively on PS4.