In a lush, post-apocalyptic world where the forces of nature have reclaimed the ruins of ancient humanity, small tribes of humans, detatched from their ancient ancestors, live primitively. Their control over the wilderness of ancient humanity has been overthrown by the Machines, and these powerful mechanical creatures' history is unknown to the tribes they strike fear into. You, the player, take control of Aloy on her quest to discover who she is and what her destiny is meant to be amongst the crumbling remnants of the ancient humans. Growing up shunned by her tribe, she has learned how to use her wit, agility, and proficiency with a bow hunt the Machines, defend herself from other tribes, and survive in the wilds. As you journey through the world artifacts and history, you will uncover the secrets unknown to the remaining humans for ages past: How did the machines come to rule where the humans once did? What happened to their human precursors? These things and more are Aloy's destiny to discover.