Sony boss has long term plans for Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn
I’ve already made my case for why Horizon Zero Dawn is hands down the best game of 2017. The game, from Killzone creators Guerrilla Games, has been an absolute smash hit for Sony. It has sold over 3 million copies since launch and staked its claim as one of the best open world games in recent memory. This absolutely beautiful open world game perfectly blends third-person shooting with stunning visuals and a memorable new heroine.

So it was quite heartening to see that Sony Interactive President Shawn Layden has already decided to give the Guerrilla Games team free rein on exploring much more of the Horizon universe going forward. In an interview with The TelegraphLayden shares his thoughts on his new hit franchise.

“The Guerrilla team have spent 10 or 12 years on the Killzone franchise and Horizon Zero Dawn could not be more different from Killzone if it had tried. When they said they wanted to come up with an open world, heavily nature based kind of game using all the different colours they had never used in Killzone – like blue. And red, and yellow, and green – it was a big stretch goal for them but they nailed it. The reception for the game has been fantastic. [Guerrilla Games head honcho] Herman Hulst has got a very keen mind on where he wants to take Horizon and what the roadmap is – and that roadmap is expressed in multiple years. I think we’ll be in the Horizon business for a long time.”

As a fan that is already chomping at the bit to explore the upcoming Horizon DLC, The Frozen Wilds, nothing could be more gratifying than to hear a company’s president give his full support to a studio that has what looks to be like a major franchise on its hands. So Horizon fans, expect to see much more Aloy in the near (and hopefully, even far) future.

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Brian Chu is a Staff Writer for Nerd Reactor and aspiring Jeopardy contestant. He thinks Picard is the best captain, Cumberbatch is the best Holmes, Bale is the best Batman, and Tennant is the best Doctor. Follow him @chumeister