I love E3, five days of non-stop game coverage, with more announcements and surprises than the mind can comfortably conceive. E3 just keeps getting better with all of the AAA publishers and indie developers showing an amazing variety of games. I was expecting Uncharted 4 to be my game of the show, and as a hardcore Uncharted fan, it almost was! However, one game that stood out to me the most was the new IP from Guerrilla Games, Horizon: Zero Dawn. I have no clue what to expect from Horizon, not just because it’s a new IP and they showed very little of it, but because it’s being developed by Guerrilla Games, who for the past 10 years haven’t developed anything other than the Killzone series.
Guerrilla’s games have always been graphical powerhouses and the first bit of Horizon we saw looked incredible. No color is off the table in this post-apocalyptic world, and it looks incredible. Killzone games were first-person, and while you saw your character during cut-scenes, you were only really able to build a relationship with his hands, which is what you saw 95% of the time. The characters weren’t the most emotive either, with an emotional range that stretched from angry, to really angry. An intriguing protagonist named Aloy was introduced during the Horizon unveiling, and she has promise to be an emotive and exciting character. In the trailer we saw it looked like someone was training her, so it’s possible she knows very little about what happened to the world. Discovering it with her sounds very exciting. Horizon is also played in third-person, so you will really get to know her and be much more connected to her as a person, especially if she is as vocal as what we’ve seen thus far.
Third-person gameplay is new (aside from Shellshock) for Guerrilla; Killzone has always had excellent mechanics and the protagonists had a real sense of weight. They didn’t show too much combat but it looked smooth, tense and Aloy looks very agile as she takes down the giant dinosaur-robots(?). In interviews during E3, Guerrilla Games stated that all of the machines will have multiple ways of being taken down, adding flexibility and quick thinking to the combat.
We Know So Little…
What has me most excited for this game is how little we know about it. How did humanity come so close to extinction? Who are the tribes and where did they come from? And what the hell is up with the machines that roam the land? Guerrilla has created what looks like an incredible world that is full of mystery, and there is still so much we don’t know about the game. Everything we have seen so far points to this new IP being something special, and I can’t wait to find out more!
Are you excited for Horizon? What about the game looks the most interesting to you? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below!