The start of March is shaping up to be the battle of the open-world giants. Not only is Nintendo trying to compete for your hard-earned cash with the hugely promising The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but Guerilla Games and Sony are hoping Horizon: Zero Dawn will become the PlayStation’s own Zelda. A pair of new trailers have dropped for Horizon, one showcasing the expansive environments the player will be exploring, the other highlighting the huge robotic dinosaurs which stalk across it.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’s claim to the title of best looking game on PS4 may well be at an end. Even in these grainy YouTube vids the level of detail is unbelievable considering the hardware under the hood. Guerilla might not always make the greatest games but they sure know how to squeeze every last drop of performance out of a system.
Looking what there is to do and the incredible diversity in the environments, Horizon: Zero Dawn does indeed draw some major comparison to Breath of the Wild, as well as Ubisoft staples like Far Cry. Should GG find a balance between those two it may very well strike gold.
Guerilla Games' Methijs de Jonge has also talked about Horizon: Zero Dawn's dynamic weather systems, saying they had to be toned down in order to not overly punish players.
"We had some prototypes, for example, we had some lightning strikes that would randomly hit enemies or randomly hit the player," he explained. "But it just felt unfair because you have no control over it, it just naturally happens and suddenly you have a lot of damage. So we took that out in the end." Nintendo recently revealed this exact mechanic is in Breath of the Wild. If Link is wearing metal armor in a thunderstorm he has a limited time to take it off before being struck by lightning.
Regardless of the lightning, Horizon: Zero Dawn's weather system looks mighty impressive. Clouds roll, mist descends, and storms can kick up, all depending on the humidity, temperature, and wind speeds. Gulp.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is out on February 28th in North America and March 1st in the rest of the world.