Guerrilla Games and Sony have been basking in a lot of critical praise from the media for the PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn. They smartly marketed it as a game about a primitive world set amongst cool looking robo-dinos. It’s like a mix between Monster Hunter and The Technomancer. During its first week on the market it outsold The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Europe, and quite naturally this led a lot of people to question if a sequel was inbound.
Gaming Conviction snipped a quote from a Kotaku interview where one of the producers, Samrat Sharma, discussed if the game would be getting a sequel. Well, Sharma explains that Guerrilla is undecided about Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s sequel, stating…
“The honest answer to that is that we love the world. The team has a lot of faith in the character and the world we’ve created and there’s a lot of lore that we have that people haven’t seen yet. But we haven’t really sat down and decided what to do next.”
It’s a very odd answer, especially coming off all the critical praise. One would have thought that they would have been greenlit for a sequel right away.
Sharma explains that they have a lot left to explore in the game and a lot more lore to cover, stating…
“There are different machines that we have seen certain behaviours of, that we know have other behaviours that they can exhibit. There are different tribes we’ve seen, and facets to those tribes we haven’t discovered. There are bits of the lore that we know are there, but they’re not in the game, because we didn’t think they suited all the themes yet. There are bits we could explore but we haven’t really decided yet.”
For those of you who conquered the game and watched it through to the end, there’s an after-credit scene featuring one of the lead characters who heavily hints at a sequel, since it ends in a cliffhanger.
Some people are head-over-heels in love with the game, others enjoy the combat and robosaurs but were put off by the game’s swelling use of identity politics and very blatant sociopolitical themes that rear up near the end of the game.
While some people are okay with sociopolitical commentary, others felt that the very obvious feminist slant in Horizon: Zero Dawn detracted from an otherwise good first entry in a new IP. Some have tried to argue that there is no feminism in the game, while others have claimed that they don’t mind identity politics in games so long as the game is fun.
As far as sales are concerned, Horizon: Zero Dawn still managed to hold onto the second place spot in the U.K., sales charts just behind Ghost Recon: Wildlands, as reported by Gamespot.
- Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Lego Worlds
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Nier: Automata
- FIFA 17
- Rocket League
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
I’m assuming Sharma’s reluctance to commit to any plans for a sequel will be determined by Sony. Of course, Sony will give the go-ahead if the game likely manages to stay at the top of the sales charts and proves to be a profitable IP.
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