Trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn Teases Intrigue and Wonder

Now THAT looks like a world worth exploring.

Horizon Zero Dawn, a PlayStation 4 exclusive title releasing in a little over a month, just got a new trailer. And it’s a doozy.

The title looks to be a cyberpunk adventure game with elements of exploration, platforming, and puzzle-solving thrown into the blender.  You play as Aloy, a young hunter living in a world where the human population has receded into the far corners of the planet while monstrous mechanized creatures dominate the world like futuristic dinosaurs.

“There’s a lot we’ve yet to show,” developer Guerrilla Games said on their official Facebook page. “But we’re starting the new year with a big new trailer that focuses on yet another threat for Aloy to face.” The trailer isn’t shy here, finally showcasing the source of conflict in the story. The adversaries are a cult-like organization of masked warriors that seem to turn the gentle giants into death dealers. On the other hand, new allies appear throughout the trailer as well, fellow hunters and natives interacting with Aloy throughout her journey and supporting her quest. If the game is as enjoyable as it seems, it’ll be fascinating to uncover the story of these heroes and villains upon the title’s release. At worst, it could be a monotonous drag, but at best, it could be art. I’m already digging the juxtapositions of unnatural organic humans and natural robotic constructs, and what it all means in relation to the story’s themes.  Check out the wonder for yourself in the story trailer below.

Horizon Zero Dawn is Guerrilla Games’ first title outside the Killzone franchise since 2004, and it’s great to see them progressing beyond their comfort zones. This game looks incredible. It appears downright artistic in design, from its RPG progression, unique open world, stunning visuals, and mysterious story. If it succeeds in every regard, it could easily be a surprise hit for the developer. They would need it; the Killzone franchise is wearing out its welcome in the new age of shooting games. Everything in the marketing campaign for their new IP has captivated fans and critics, but whether or not they can deliver on their promises remains to be seen. Check back at NLGO for a full review of Horizon Zero Dawn and any more news coverage before and after its launch on February 28th, 2017.

If you haven’t jumped on the hype train quite yet or if you’re totally unfamiliar with Guerrilla’s potential sleeper hit, check out this awesome gameplay below.

Travis Northern

Freelance writer. Author-In-Training. Lover of all things geek.

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