Horizon Zero Dawn 2 to put more focus on story, new machines
Because who isn’t expecting a sequel?
The success of Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn might just prompt a sequel, one that will put more focus on the game’s plot according to John Gonzalez, the game’s lead writer. In a feature on GameInformer’s May Issue, Gonzalez states that Guerrilla feels “absolutely humbled by the players’ response to the story and their emotional connection to Aloy” and should a sequel be made, the main priority would be to “respect that connection” by having the “story resonate just as deeply” as the first game.
And perhaps it maybe the best way to go for Horizon Zero Dawn’s success is largely attributed to its concise and efficient storytelling, with the plot revolving around acceptance and mystery, blended with satisfying gameplay, and perhaps one of the handful western made titles that put a large focus on its story, as many seem to have continuously played around the multiplayer aspect.
In addition to its story, Director Jan-Bart van Beek also adds that the sequel will most likely have more machines, or those animal-like robotic beings that fill the world of Horizon Zero, stating that “They are a lot of fun to design, build, animate, and play with“.
Horizon Zero Dawn is an action RPG exclusively released for the PlayStation 4 platform last Feb 28, 2017, and has received many positive reviews with a metacritic score of 89/100. The game, so far, proves to be a strong contender for 2017’s Game of the Year title, thanks to its amazing blend of storytelling, gameplay, and of course, graphics.