Horizon Zero Dawn  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Horizon Zero Dawn  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Horizon Zero Dawn Is Standing Up to Zelda Better Than Expected https://www.gameskinny.com/10qce/horizon-zero-dawn-is-standing-up-to-zelda-better-than-expected https://www.gameskinny.com/10qce/horizon-zero-dawn-is-standing-up-to-zelda-better-than-expected Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:00:02 -0500 Bryant Pereira

This past week saw the release of two behemoths of games -- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Both titles were praised for their luscious open-world environments, captivating stories, and enthralling gameplay.

Nintendo’s newest entry into the Legend of Zelda series broke records on Metacritic for the largest number of perfect scores along with placing second place on the highest rated games of all time list. Even with these accolades, Horizon managed to sneak it’s way to the top of the UK and Australian sales charts as the highest selling game of the week.

Horizon may not have received the same amount of immense praise as Breath of the Wild, but the game was still adored by gamers across the world, earning a nine out of ten here at GameSkinny, and averaging a score of 89 on Metacritic. This, coupled with tactical marketing, pushed Sony’s new franchise to the forefront of thousands of gamers’ minds. Releasing just three days before the launch of a brand new Nintendo console and a legendary established franchise, Horizon had quite the uphill battle to the top of the sales charts.

If it didn’t release right alongside the Nintendo Switch, Horizon would have fared even better. Although Breath of the Wild is also available on Wii U, The Switch version accounted for nearly 80% of the copies the game sold overall, meaning that a majority of purchasers bought it with the system -- spending nearly $400 on the total package.

The Switch also sold more in its launch weekend than any other system in Nintendo history in several regions, sparking fierce competition, and really showing the selling power of Zelda. However, with over 50 million PS4’s in circulation worldwide, it’s no wonder many decided to go with Horizon over dropping a significant amount of money on a launch console.

Success stories like this one send out an important message to the gaming industry -- takings risks with new franchises is worth it. The fact that a brand new IP stood up to such an iconic and long-awaited franchise installment is incredibly impressive and hopefully, influences more developers to follow suite and create unique experiences.

Not only is Horizon a brand new IP, but the game is presented in a completely distinct setting and the combination of its gameplay and themes makes it one of a kind. Games like Death Stranding and Days Gone show that Sony is dedicated to supporting new titles that can take the world by storm.

With Horizon beating out No Man’s Sky as the biggest new IP launch, this trend of successful new franchises will hopefully continue for a long time.

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Our 7 hopes and dreams for E3 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sr27r/our-7-hopes-and-dreams-for-e3-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sr27r/our-7-hopes-and-dreams-for-e3-2016 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:25:16 -0400 Eric Levy

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Yooka-Laylee
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Finally, we have Yooka-Laylee.  Over 15 years -- and one sequel we won't talk about -- later, the spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series is finally in development.

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After an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign last year, Playtonic games started development on Yooka-Laylee, with a targeted release window of late 2016. Yooka-Laylee is being developed by the same people that brought us both Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, so you can expect a diverse cast of anthropomorphic animals, a whole array of collectables in each levels, and extremely tight 3D platforming.  Having Grant Kirkhope return to compose the game's music is the icing on this next-gen collectathon cake.  If Playtonic intends to make their predicted release window -- and if they want to make me pass out from pure joy -- a new gameplay demo has to be shown at E3.  If we're lucky and ask nicely, maybe we'll get an official release date too!  Hey, one can dream.

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Those are just a few of the games we're hoping to see at E3 this year.  Expectations are higher than ever and if any of these games make an appearance, E3 2016 will be one for the books.

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Horizon Zero Dawn
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Horizon Zero Dawn, the upcoming open-world RPG from Guerrilla Games, was first revealed during the Sony E3 2015 conference, and the hype for this game is sky high. One thousand years in the future, machines have taken over and humanity has reverted back to a society composed of hunters and gatherers.  The game sports a gorgeous open world with a color palette that makes it a sight for sore eyes. It also boasts a dynamic weather and day-night system as well asrandom encounters with giant robotic creatures that bring up memories of Colossi fights from Shadow of the Colossus. Horizon Zero Dawn has the potential to be the best new IP of 2016. So, a release date being announced at E3 2016 seems like a natural next step for Guerrilla Games.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake
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Speaking of Final Fantasy VII Remake, we'd love to see more of that beauty at E3 this year.  FFVII Remake was first announced at E3 2015 and, much to our delight, we were surprised with the first gameplay footage during PlayStation Experience 2015.  The game's director, Tetsuya Nomura, has stated on multiple occasions the game will be broken up into multiple parts, so either a release date or window for the first part would be a homerun for Square Enix and Sony.  With a revamped battle system similar to FFXV and graphics so beautiful it would make a character from a Pixar movie jealous, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for any news on FFVII Remake.

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Kingdom Hearts III
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We've seen a few trailers and some concept art of Sora's next adventure, but still have no word on when we can expect to play the game ourselves.  Kingdom Hearts III might be one of the most anticipated games of this generation, with fans eager to fight the Heartless once more alongside their favorite Disney heroes.  The possibility of visiting Star Wars and/or Marvel themed worlds in addition to the more traditional Disney stages certainly doesn't make the wait for KHII any easier.  Square Enix's showcase this E3 will most likely be centered heavily around Final Fantasy XV, although that hasn't stopped them in the past from pulling one last surprise out of their sleeves and surprising gamers everywhere (*Cough* FFVII Remake *Cough*.)  Maybe we'll get a release window and a demo in the same vein as FFXV:  Episode Duscae?  Think about it Square...

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The Last of Us 2 
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With jaw-dropping graphics, tight third-person shooter/survival horror gameplay, and a phenominal story with fantastic characters, The Last of Us is widely considered one of the best games of last generation.  We've heard rumors over the past year from multiple sources that The Last of Us 2 is being worked on in some capacity -- although an Uncharted 4 story DLC announcement seems more likely due to the game's release one month prior to E3.  However, if Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley walked on stage and dropped a trailer for The Last of Us 2, you can bet the excited cheers of gamers everywhere would be deafening.

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More AAA PlayStation VR Games
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It's one thing to talk about and show off footage of a game made for VR -- but having a chance to experience these games for yourself is truly remarkable. We recently got a release window, a price, and a long list of games for PlayStation VR, so it only makes sense for Sony to focus most of their E3 presentation on their upcoming VR headset.  A strong VR presence by Sony at this year's conference could tip the scales in their favor over Oculus and Vive --  and more AAA VR game reveals certainly wouldn't hurt either.

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The New Legend of Zelda
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Ever since it was first revealed at E3 2014, Zelda fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting to learn more about the upcoming game in the series.  Between the gorgeous art style and an open world with non-linear gameplay described as a mix between Wind Waker and Skyrim, the new Legend of Zelda is a must have for Nintendo at this year's E3, should they have a conference this year.

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E3 2016 is almost here and you can already feel the magic in the air.  Between rumored console reveals and recent game leaks, the hype for this year's show is through the roof.  While we recently wrote about our more realistic expectations for this year's E3, there are still plenty of games we are hoping will make an appearance.  Although some are more likely than others, that won't stop us from dreaming of all the possibilities and surprises...

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Guerilla Games shows off their skies in Horizon: Zero Dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/z4yub/guerilla-games-shows-off-their-skies-in-horizon-zero-dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/z4yub/guerilla-games-shows-off-their-skies-in-horizon-zero-dawn Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:22:47 -0400 Charly Mottet

Games nowadays are becoming more and more realistic, especially open world games. And stunning, beautiful realistic landscapes is what developer Guerrilla Games is aiming for with their new PlayStation 4 exclusive, Horizon: Zero Dawn

During their Siggraph 2015 presentation, the developer released an amazing time lapse video showing off the real-time volumetric cloudscape going on in Horizon: Zero Dawn's sky. They were aiming for a sky with "evolving and realistic results", not only concentrating on the clouds, but on the lighting depending on the time of day as well. Their methods are explained in detail by FX artist Andrew Schneider

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a step up from what Guerilla is used to working with. The Killzone series are what the developer is known for, and FPS games are usually very limited when it comes to maps, restricting gamers to a "predefined track". In this new game, their goal is to allow gamers to "traverse large distances", says Schneider. 

But wait... there's more!

The FX artist took the time to list off key points Guerilla had in mind for their new creation, and everything points to a promising open world game. They promise the ability to travel wherever you want. If you see the tip top of the mountain and decide that's where you want to go, then so be it! That is where you will go. 

"They are used to tell us where we are, when we are, and they can also be used as thematic devices in storytelling."

There will be a "time of day cycle", just like in the real world. The weather will change and evolve, the scenery (mountains, forests, plains, lakes) is described as "epic". But the most important part are the skies, not only filling up half of the screen, but also taking part in the storytelling. 

Guerilla Games is aiming for a 2016 release for Horizon: Zero Dawn, and as a reminder, the game will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive

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Purchase exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn theme for PS4 and support USO https://www.gameskinny.com/z707i/purchase-exclusive-horizon-zero-dawn-theme-for-ps4-and-support-uso https://www.gameskinny.com/z707i/purchase-exclusive-horizon-zero-dawn-theme-for-ps4-and-support-uso Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:30:13 -0400 Andrea Koenig

PlayStation announced that gamers with PS Heroes will be given the chance to purchase an exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn PS4 theme. 90% of profits from these purchases are going toward the USO, a non-profit charity organization that provides support for U.S. troops and their families.

As a part of the PS Heroes promotion, gamers will also be given the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to New England to play Madden NFL 16 with Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. This limited promotional period only lasts from August 4th and ends September 1st at 1:00PM PST, so be sure to enter while you still can.

There are multiple types of Horizon Zero Dawn themes to choose from in the PlayStation Store. According to the rules on the PlayStation Website:

Entrants who purchase a:

  • “Bronze” Theme will obtain 1 entry;
  • “Silver” Theme will obtain 5 entries;
  • “Gold” Theme will obtain 10 entries;
  • “Platinum” Theme will obtain 15 entries;
  • “Heroic Bundle,” which includes the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Themes, will obtain 31 entries.

Purchased Theme(s) can be accessed through the “Themes Library” under the “Settings” menu in the PlayStation®4 system. Theme purchases are subject to the terms and conditions of PlayStation®Store.

This news comes after both the PS Heroes release in February and PlayStation’s E3 press conference in June that officially introduced Horizon Zero Dawn for PS4. The third-person action RPG is being developed by Guerrilla Games and will be released sometime in 2016, but can be preordered now.

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