New Horizon: Zero Dawn Concept Art and Details Revealed at PSX

Here's a recap of the new details that Guerrilla shared about the ambitious RPG today.

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[UPDATE] The panel has now ended.

Guerrilla boss Hermen Hulst and writer John Gonzalez shared some interesting insight about the inception and development of Zero Dawn. They also released some new concept art.

  • Zero Dawn seemed like a risk to Guerrilla; making new IP is "incredibly difficult," Hulst said.
  • Guerrila committed to the project in 2011, after hearing pitches for 40-50 games.
  • It boiled down to two ideas; one was "prudent" and the right choice, the other was Horizon, Hulst said with a laugh.
  • There was a major "uh oh" moment when Guerrilla greenlit the game, in part because Guerrilla, known for its more linear FPS games, didn't have all the right pieces to make an open-world RPG. It had to hire new talent and expand its game engine.
  • The idea for Zero Dawn had "too much appeal" and love at the studio that the team couldn't back away from it, Hulst explained.
  • It's set 1000 years into the future; but not an apocalyptic setting. It's like a BBC nature documentary, Hulst said.
  • In the story, humankind is no longer the dominant species; mechanical beasts are.
  • Main character Aloy was in the original pitch for Zero Dawn. She's the "idea vessel" for telling the story, Hulst said, because she's inquisitive, brave, and strong.
  • The three core pillars of Zero Dawn, from day one, were "gorgeous nature," the character Aloy, and the mechanical beasts that populate the world and create a David vs. Goliath gameplay loop.
  • Zero dawn will have mystical and mythical elements.
  • "Mystery" is a huge part of Zero Dawn. Aloy was born an outcast, so part of the story will be learning about not only her backstory, but where the mechanical beasts come from.
  • The overall Zero Dawn universe "screams" for further exploration, Hulst said. Films and comic books based on the brand could be cool, but right now the focus is on the game, he explained.
  • Guerrilla has been intentionally mysterious when discussing Zero Dawn's story, in part because a big part of the game are its mysteries, which players will have to uncover for themselves, Gonzalez said.

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PlayStation Experience 2016 rolls on today with a panel dedicated to Killzone developer Guerrilla Games' ambitious action-RPG Horizon: Zero Dawn. The event kicks off at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and you can watch the entire thing right here on GameSpot. We'll add the video embed as the panel draws nearer.

According to the panel's official description, Guerrilla will show an "inside look at the world of Horizon Zero Dawn and the lore and machines that define it."

Yesterday during the PSX keynote, Sony released a stunning new trailer for Zero Dawn. You can see that trailer, and all the others from the event, right here in this roundup.

Zero Dawn arrives on February 28 exclusively for PS4.

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Seems like Guerilla's risk in expanding their engine for a new open world IP payed off for Kojima. I'm excited to see this engine in action, this game seems more interesting to me now that Kojima's on board with the tech, and also because it had PS4 Pro in mind not just at the last second

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i really hope the game's gonna be a bit progressive/innovative. i like the idea and the heroine. i just hope it's not your average open-world game with the ususal sidequests and the usual annoying collectibles. i get bored by these games so fast nowadays it's crazy. fallout 4 took me 4 months (!!!) to complete because i never felt like playing it.

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I refuse to get hyped.........but I hope they can nail it........game looks a lot better than the whole killzone thing......

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A real man will be playing Nioh when this comes out. Casuals will be playing Horizon

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@silversix_: Because nobody can possibly buy/enjoy 2 games

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@silversix_: what about female gamers?

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@silversix_: I'll play both for sure if they are anything close to as good as they seem to be. Haven't decided what order though yet, but I really don't tie my manhood to what games I play at certain times or the gender of the character (appearantly that is also a problem for some), so I've no problem playing Horizon first.

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@silversix_: As Dark Souls fan, I will be playing Horizon just because it looks better, comes from big company, has post-apocalyptic setting and I cant stand Japanese or Asian mysticism and games set in Asian past, its boring and their demons, armor and weapons look stupid.

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@Benny_a: it's (partly) true, i was interested in Nioh until i saw the magic, which looked like what 7 year old girls draw in their freetime. no, thx.

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@Benny_a: You should have tried the beta, you wouldn't be saying what you're now. I had zero interest in the game as well. But holy f*ck was i wrong...

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@silversix_: we will see, no one said you can only buy one game, after im done playing Horizon Zero dawn, ill get this one on some summer/winter PSN sale or disk based when its on sale.

We have more good games coming early, im also waiting for Pray, RE7VR, maybe Tales of Berseria if its good, Kingdom Hearts 1+2 PS4 remake, im sure it will do native 4K, For Honor if it has good SP and no forced MP, Halo Wars 2 on PC (I also have GTX1080 so I game on PC too), Nier: Automata (maybe if its good and has PRO support, i dont by games with no PRO support anymore), Outcast: Second Contact

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@7tizz: "Only On Xbox" stamp doesn't exist anymore. Did you knew that?

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@silversix_: And a label troll will be making the above comment months before.

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This is my most anticipated game. Please don't F it up.

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@bdrtfm: Was one of mine too, until TLOU2 dropped out of the sky!

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@thekittenofwar: This one comes in couple of months and TLOUS in at least 2 years,

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@Benny_a: Time doesn't really have a bearing on it. I'm far more excited for TLOU2 regaurdless of when HZD releases.

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Sweet!!! I can't wait for this game to be released