Guerrilla Games’ new IP Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the standouts of E3 2015. Promising an open world, teeming with mecha-robot dinosaurs and secrets about the collapse of human civilization, the upcoming PS4 exclusive had everyone talking. And with a release window of 2016, we wouldn’t have to wait long to play the game and meet female protagonist Aloy.
Admittedly, with Guerrilla also promising plenty of looting, crafting and quests, along with RPG gameplay that’s inspired by Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed, that 2016 release date always seemed hopeful. Following many rumours and speculation, the developer has now confirmed Horizon Zero Dawn’s delay to 2017 with a bold new trailer.
Horizon Zero Dawn Aloy’s Journey Trailer via PlayStation EU
Horizon Zero Dawn Delayed to 2017
Horizon Zero Dawn will now be coming to PS4 in 2017, Guerrilla Games confirms. Those in the United States will get it on February 28, 2017, it will be available in Europe on March 1, while those of us in the UK will have to wait until March 3 to get our hands on it. The scattered regional release dates are a bit disappointing, but (the game’s publisher) Sony still has time to change its mind and release the game everywhere on the same day.
In a statement, Guerrilla Games’ managing director Hermen Hulst says that the delay “wasn’t an easy choice to make” and that “we also want to ensure that Horizon Zero Dawn lives up to the visuals and gameplay quality that our games are known for. The new date affords us the extra time required to deliver fully on our ambitious vision for Horizon Zero Dawn.” Hulst also says that the “advantages” of the extra time in the oven will become “clear” in the coming months.
Making the delay news a little easier to handle is a new Horizon Zero Dawn trailer that focuses on lead character Aloy. According to some flashbacks of Aloy as a wee one, the protagonist is an outcast, for some unknown reason. Aloy also has big questions about the world and how the robo-dinos happened to take over – but there are quite a few people who wish she’d stop asking them. Not that their threats are going to stop her, though.
Moreover, Horizon Zero Dawn collector’s and limited edition versions have been announced. The collector’s edition, pictured above, includes: the game, a nine inch Aloy statue, an exclusive steel book case,The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn art book, an exclusive PS4 theme, the Carja Storm Ranger and Banuk Trailblazer outfits, the Carja Mighty Bow and Banuk Culling Bow and the Carja Trader and Banuk Traveller packs. The limited edition includes all of that, minus the Aloy statue. Prices have yet to be announced.