Horizon Zero Dawn Videos Look At Going From Killzone to Robot Dinosaurs

"How do we try get something that's even to 90% of Nathan Drake?"

76 Comments
Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Horizon Zero Dawn: How It Feels To Slay Robots In The Future

In a series of three videos released this weekend, Guerrilla Games discusses how the studio--known mostly for its first-person-shooter series Killzone--can pivot to make a high-end open world action game like Horizon Zero Dawn.

The first video is entitled "From Corridors to Mountains," and focuses on how the intensity of Killzone's first-person combat can translate to an open world action game that uses a third-person camera. Game director Mathijs De Jonge describes how the location-specific hit system from Killzone--that allowed players to shoot enemies in certain areas to make them more vulnerable--will be represented in Horizon Zero Dawn.

Players will be able to destroy enemies more by knocking off armor plating, or systematically take them down by exploiting weak spots. "That's one of the things that we've adopted for Horizon, when building the combat with the machines, De Jonge said. "We've tried to expand it further, because these machines way are more complicated than the Helghast."

The second video describes the studio's history, and what it had to change in order to make a game that was so different to its past works. An external group of experts were brought into the studio, including developers and engineers, as well as an entire narrative team.

Narrative director John Gonzalez said that the main pillars of the world already existed when he and his shiny new narrative team came on board, but it was up to them to work out how to fit it all together. "We had the lush verdant nature, we had these mechanical beasts that are like robotic dinosaurs, and also these human beings that are living in this more primitive or tribal state," he said. "At that point, how exactly those elements had come to exist in this world together hadn't really been worked out."

Once the primary story beats had been identified, it was time for lead quest designer David Ford and his team to turn that full narrative into something that would work with an open world quest system. "When I arrived, John and his team had written the overarching narrative for the game and had an understanding of where the story was going to go, but it was written as a story, not a series of quests," Ford said. "So the quest team had the opportunity to work with the writers to break that story apart into smaller chunks, figure out where the gameplay would be, where the cutscenes would be, how it would all fit together."

The third video looks at turning Aloy into someone the company believes will stand up alongside other iconic characters from PlayStation exclusives such as Uncharted. "I think it's really hard to design an iconic character, said studio art director Jan Bart Van Beek. "You can hope for it, but it's not something you can really put a stamp on it, like 'okay, it's iconic now.'" This caused concern for Guerrilla staff, according to Gonzalez, "There are people even within this building who were feeling like, 'How do we try get something that's even to 90% of Nathan Drake?'"

Managing director Herman Hulst believes they have it right with Aloy, learning that the company's previous work on Killzone may have gotten characterization backwards. "With Aloy, we had a protagonist now that is as strong, as iconic a character as the Helghast were as antagonists."

Watch the series for yourself above, check out how Horizon Zero Dawn mixes combat with exploration over at The Lobby, and see our unboxing video of the $120 Collector's Edition.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 76 comments about this story
76 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
  • 76 results
  • 1
  • 2
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for GorezoneResin
GorezoneResin

I just want another Killzone 2 from Guerrilla games.

Avatar image for rodoxthedark
rodoxthedark

Looks awesome hope the traps and hunting goes deeper than just the trip wires though

Avatar image for petey_olivarez
petey_olivarez

"Big Man...I CAN'T WAIT!"

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

Aloy looks great, but I wish they made her look like the concept art where she has a ponytail and has a pistol in a holster. I can look at that concept art of Aloy for hours.

Avatar image for slypher9
Slypher9

@thetruegamer28: that's a free dlc after launch

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

@slypher9: Would be nice wouldn't it?

Avatar image for deviltaz35
DEVILTAZ35

@thetruegamer28: They were probably worried about it being too close to Lara Croft if they went that way.

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

@deviltaz35: Not once did I conceive that thought so Idk how they'd be worried.

Avatar image for deviltaz35
DEVILTAZ35

@thetruegamer28: I think they would have been , Tombraider has had quite the resurgence and having a character with similar hairstyle waving in the wind , shooting arrows from the hip etc. It's all very Lara croftish is all.

Avatar image for taylor_sparks
Taylor_Sparks

@thetruegamer28: But there isn't any pistols in this game. And I agree, she looks so badass in that ponytail!

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

@taylor_sparks: I only brought up the pistol so people know what concept art I was talking about.

Avatar image for beuneus12
beuneus12

Hunting robot animals. This would have been cool when I was 5 years old. Any meat on this?

Avatar image for deviltaz35
DEVILTAZ35

@sellingthings:

I'll let you know if you like , i have it preordered to secure the art book and can't be bothered cancelling it now :). Plus it will be a good showcase for the pro in any case.

Avatar image for taylor_sparks
Taylor_Sparks

@beuneus12: Play the game first. Then criticize it.

Avatar image for titang1
TitanG1

@sellingthings: RedBox?

Avatar image for decadentdescent
DecadentDescent

@sellingthings: Well then at least wait for reviews to come out. Either way. Unless you're just trying to find a reason to bash it because you're a fanboy.

Avatar image for Leefx
Leefx

@sellingthings: not a fan of the last 5 years?? I think you are the one who's been on LSD, you don't half talk through your arse sometimes!

Or you don't actually like gaming really or you only play one genre of game?

And don't ask me to start naming good IP's over the last 5years because I haven't got the time there's too many!

Avatar image for Karmazyn
Karmazyn

I really like how the game looks on these promo videos but I have standard PS 4 only so I will wait for some Pro vs non Pro comparison videos. will game look so good on standard PS4? I wish really do.

Avatar image for luciferous
luciferous

@Karmazyn: this is an easy one for you to go look at, if you head on to youtube and search for Horizon previews you'll see a bunch of different videos, most of those that are capped at 1080p were captured on standard PS4s, the events that ran last week (I think it was last week or the week before) had both pieces of hardware set up for people to capture video on.

Avatar image for nuke2099
nuke2099

Even though most of the robotic creatures are actually based off African/Asian wildlife and not dinosaurs....

Avatar image for taylor_sparks
Taylor_Sparks

@nuke2099: Good point

Avatar image for videogameninja
videogameninja

Game is getting a lot of hype. That's definitely a "doubled edged sword."

I believe someone here a while back commented that this game might be this years No Man's Sky. That could very well come to fruition.

I'm hoping for Guerilla Game's sake that this is not the case but ultimately we will all find out when it drops.

-HYPE TRAIN NINJA APPROVED-

Avatar image for videogameninja
videogameninja

@sellingthings: LMAO!

Gonna have to remember that one, lol.

-LSD TUROK NINJA APPROVED-

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

@videogameninja: According to Shinobi602, hands-on impressions have been very positive and mock reviews average it in the low 80s of 100. That's fantastic for a new IP. So I think there is nothing to worry about. As for personal preference, that depends on you.

Avatar image for videogameninja
videogameninja

@thetruegamer28: Personally, I'm hoping it does well. Many of the articles about the game that have come out (especially over the last 2 months.) have piqued my interest. Would also be nice to see a new IP take off and possibly spawn a franchise. That is however IF it is deserving of that kind of recognition.

-VIDEOGAME NINJA APPROVED-

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

@videogameninja: Well, the game is getting very positive feedback. The only way I'd see it not become a franchise, is from low sales.

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

@sellingthings: Depends on the reviewer and your preference. IGN and other "officials" gave Evolve 8s out of 10. When clearly it was deserving of at least a 4. So my trust in them went out the window. I trust ACG's reviews and Angry Joe's to an extent. Every video of someone's impression of HZD seemed honest, and they were descriptive and didn't do sponsors. As for Shinobi, he is an insider who has been rarely incorrect and he said (as said above) the reviews average out into the 80s of 100s. And those are not from people who give short sponsored reviews. If reviews had no purpose, why'd they exist? If you're interested but have cautious optimism, it's a no-brainer to check out feedback to help decision making much easier for you. It would be foolish to blindly snatch something ignorantly. I am interested in HZD, I heard very positive impressions, and I'm confident in GG. So I'm sold. Disagree? Fine. But keep that to yourself because Idc. It's my money, if I spend it on HZD and don't like it, that's my problem, not yours.

Avatar image for joshrmeyer
JoshRMeyer

@sellingthings: Bloodborne, Uncharted, or Forza horizon 3?

Avatar image for deviltaz35
DEVILTAZ35

@sellingthings: The last Uncharted was easily the weakest for me. It made me appreciate The Last of Us alot more though. Horizon 3 is pretty but pretty boring as well.

Avatar image for pcps4xb
PCPS4XB

@videogameninja: the problem with no man's sky was people hyped it to something that it wasn't... An exploration game. I was never interested so I never tried it.

Avatar image for deviltaz35
DEVILTAZ35

@pcps4xb: I have it on PC and PS4 mainly because i forgot i had it on PC when i got it on PS4 :(. Had preordered the PC version a long time ago and forgot.

Avatar image for namitokiwa
namitokiwa

@pcps4xb: I really dont understand while people still think the case of No Man's Sky is the same with Horizon Zero Dawn when those two games are very different from every aspects and every single things!

Avatar image for thetruegamer28
ThETrUeGaMeR28

@namitokiwa: Horizon Zero Dawn's hand crafted map does have procedural generation, but only so that way the game can play without loading screens. Other than that, comparing NMS with HZD is apples to oranges. NMS was strictly procedural generation, Hello Games had no PR so Sean was saying yes to things that he wanted in the game, and it was an incredibly ambitious game developed by an indie studio with no more than 20 devs. HZD is developed by a AAA first party studio with basically one console to focus on (if you consider PS4 Pro simply a stronger PS4), with a PR, advertising pure gameplay (unlike NMS), good track-record based solely on game reviews, if not a little inconsistent, and they hired Witcher, and ex Bethesda devs for help which was very smart. So I agree with you, it's unfair to compare HZD to NMS based on hype.

Avatar image for deadpeasant
deadpeasant

@videogameninja: yep theres a lot of hype for this game and people have bought into it as usual. Im still unconvinced of this game from what ive seen so far. I hope it will be good but so far its anyones guess whether it will be or not.

  • 76 results
  • 1
  • 2