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Guerrilla Addresses Our Biggest Fears About Horizon Zero Dawn

Kimberley Wallace
 

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the most anticipated games to release next year, but it can be hard to get a sense of what a game will actually be like until you play it in its entirely. Until then, you only have small glimpses of a game through trailers, new reveals, and developer interviews to get a sense of its scope and ambition. Not having some lingering questions or concerns is difficult. We took some time while we were at Guerrrilla Games in Amsterdam to get some more solid answers to assuage our biggest fears.

There Won’t Be Much Of A Story We’ve mostly seen action-oriented gameplay in the footage Guerrilla Games has shown off, with only minor story beats teased. Guerrilla is deliberately keeping much of the story under lock and key, because so much of the experience is about discovering the answers to the game’s larger mysteries, such as why Aloy was cast out of her tribe at birth and why animal-like machines have taken over the world. The main narrative focuses on Aloy's personal quest to find out more about her origins, but also to discover a way to stop the dangerous machines from taking over. While we were at the studio, Guerrilla assured us that a compelling story is there for those who crave it.

Not only is there a main quest, but there are also extra goodies to find for those don't who really get into the lore. “For people who are story junkies, for people who like to collect every audio log or text log out there, people who want to have a grand narrative to their game, I think they're going to be really surprised and delighted by what we have prepared for them,” says lead writer John Gonzalez.   As we discussed in our previous Horizon feature, Guerrilla has spent a lot of time building up the lore of the world and is striving to tell a science-fiction story with a strong character at the helm. Remember, Aloy has her own interesting mysteries, as she doesn't know much about her mother and father or why she has a low status in her tribe.

She’s looking for somewhere to belong, and our guess is as good as yours as to where that will be. One thing’s for certain, though; her fascination with technology and ability to stand against massive machines is interesting in its own right.   It’s Not Really An RPG Things get chaotic fast in the intense combat of Horizon Zero Dawn, thanks to machines coming to help each other and attacking Aloy from every direction. So far we’ve seen a lot…

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