Horizon Zero Dawn remains one of the PlayStation 4’s best titles since its launch on February 28, 2017.
In a blog post today, Guerilla Games’ Hermen Hulst has revealed that Aloy’s adventures have now sold “well over” 10 million copies worldwide.
The idea that we were able to bring Aloy’s journey to so many players is astounding,” he said. “We’e been deeply moved by the enormous amount of fan creations you’ve posted online, as well as the heartfelt letters you’ve sent sharing your favorite moments from Aloy’s journey.
Given Guerilla Games’ heritage with the Killzone series, Horizon Zero Dawn was a considerable risk for the studio. And following the Frozen Wilds expansion, there is certainly more to come for Aloy.
In an interview with GamesRadar, Hulst revealed that Aloy has “really uncovered some of the main mysteries in the world, but how do you feel when you finish the story? Are there questions that come up that you want to answer for Aloy?
It was not difficult for us to build the Frozen Wilds and tell that story through Aloy. The environments and the world that we’ve put together easily raise more questions, so it feels pretty rich to us, but that’s all I can say about that for now.”
The Horizon Zero Dawn team also shared some cool behind-the-scenes moments while working on the game, most notably:
- They used the model for Killzone 3’s Jammer as a stand-in for Aloy in the game’s early stages because her character model was still being developed.
- Guerrilla’s Jochen Willemensen got the flu during development. While recovering at home he saw a movie starring Hannah Hoekstra, and used her face as a model for Aloy’s.
- Baby Aloy was voiced by an actual baby. Guerrilla’s music supervisor Lucas van Tol captured his daughter’s voice and sounds by setting up a recording area near her playpen.
- Tol researched 750 bird sounds for the game and only 30 made the cut.