A remaster of 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn is reportedly in the works for PS5 alongside a brand-new multiplayer game for PS5 and PC.
As reported by VGC and MP1ST, The Last of Us Part 1 Remake, in which we previously asked if that was worth its $70 price tag just nine years after its release, looks to be soon joined by an updated version Aloy’s first adventure on PS4.
It isn’t 100% clear if this would be a full remake like The Last of Us Part 1 or just a remaster, but some of the details make it seem like it is trending more towards the latter. The reports claim this new version will add “accessibility features, graphics modes, and quality of life improvements to the gameplay itself.” In a sense, it appears to improving the original to the added upgrades of Horizon Forbidden West.
Horizon Zero Dawn saw a PC release in 2020 and it added such features as an improved draw distance and higher framerates, but it wasn’t necessarily considered a remaster or remake of the original PS4 game.
This remaster, much like The Last of Us Part 1, looks to potentially be part of Sony’s plan to remaster some of its games that are set to become adapted for TV or film. Sony officially announced a Horizon series for Netflix, and this could be a way to capitalize on the renewed interest when the series is ready for its premiere, much like Cyberpunk: Edgerunners did for Cyberpunk 2077. It’s important to note that God of War is also getting the series treatment at Amazon, so maybe 2018’s classic could also be in for a remaster/remake in the future.
Alongside the news of this remake/remaster, the reports also claim that Guerilla Games is hard at work on a Horizon multiplayer game for PS5 and PC. In 2020, a Guerilla job listing was looking for a game programmer with multiplayer experience to work on an “epic open world game.”
VGC noted that leaked Horizon Zero Dawn concept art in 2014 hinted at Guerilla’s initial plans to add a Monster Hunter-esque multiplayer mode to the game that would have players teaming up to take down massive, mechanical foes. These plans never materialized, but they could be ready for Horizon 3 or a standalone game.
For more, check out our review of The Last of Us Part 1 to see how Sony handles its remakes and our review of Horizon Forbidden West.
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