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The Definitive Pre-Order Guide for Horizon Zero Dawn

Trying to work your way through the pre-order bonuses and different Horizon Zero Dawn editions? Let us help!

The PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn hits the stores on February 28th. With less than a month to go, you can bet your Sony dollar that there are a crazy array of pre-order options to choose from.

The game's plot features the hunter Aloy, navigating a world that has been taken over by robots. Setting out to seek assistance from neighboring communities, Aloy has to use her keen archery skills to keep the wayward automaton population at bay.

It's set in a beautifully rendered open world which we're very much looking forward to exploring -- and if the action-RPG elements can captivate us the same way the Souls series did, we may be in for something very special. 

But which version do you choose? Carry on reading to find out!

Pre-Order Bonuses

Before we even consider the different editions of the game, you might want to look at the pre-order bonuses you'll receive depending on where you buy it. 

All pre-orders come with the Nora Machine Trapper Pack – which will allow you to modify your weapons and outfit, as well as providing goodies for crafting ammo and traps. 

If you plan to pre-order from EB Games or Gamestop, you'll also get two retailer-specific bonuses:

  • Nora Lookout Armor - this outfit offers camouflage protection to help you remain undetected, and an extra modification slot.
  • Nora Longshot Bow - the improved accuracy of this bow and an extra modification slot will give you a much stronger fighting chance in the wild, right from the beginning.

UK gamers can also benefit from these bonuses through GAME.

Once you've picked your pre-order retailer, you'll need to choose the actual version of the game that you want. Here are the options:

Horizon Zero Dawn Digital Deluxe Edition

Price: $69.99

If you're not bothered about owning a physical copy of the game but still want a more enhanced version, then the Digital Deluxe Edition may be for you. 

It includes three resource packs, two outfits, two weapons, an exclusive theme and a digital artbook:

  • The Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and the Banuk Trailblazer Outfit
  • The Carja Mighty Bow and the Banuk Culling Bow
  • The Banuk Traveller Pack, Carja Trapper Pack, and the Nora Keeper Pack
  • The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn Digital Art Book
  • Exclusive PS4 Theme

Horizon Zero Dawn Collector's Edition

Price: $119.99

For the more tactile gamer, the Collector’s Edition comes with a physical copy of the game, as well as number of other tangible goodies including:

  • A 9” Statue of Aloy by Gentle Giant
  • A 48-Page Concept Artbook by Dark Horse
  • A Steelbook Case – with exclusive cover artwork
  • The Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and the Banuk Trailblazer Outfit
  • The Carja Mighty Bow and the Banuk Culling Bow
  • The Banuk Traveler Pack, Carja Trapper Pack, Nora Machine Trapper Pack and the Nora Keeper Pack

Horizon Zero Dawn Thunderjaw Collector's Edition

Price: AUD $349.95  (~$265.99 USD)

Australian gamers who are feeling flush are in for a treat. Project Triforce and EB Games have combined to create this incredible (and incredibly expensive) edition, which features a highly detailed Thunderjaw model. 

The full contents include:

  • Full retail copy of Horizon Zero Dawn 
  • Premium Thunderjaw Statue
  • Exclusive World Map
  • Exclusive Lithographs
  • Aloy's "Focus" Ear Piece
  • Premium Packaging

There is no sign of any of the digital in-game goodies afforded by the other editions. But you do get "premium packaging" for your money, so there is that. 

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We'll update this page if we learn of any more versions of the game in the pipeline.

Will you be pre-ordering Horizon Zero Dawn? If so, which version? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Published Jan. 31st 2017

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