A rumour is doing that rounds that Horizon: Zero Dawn may be the next PlayStation 4 exclusive set to come to PC. There aren’t thumbs big enough to take the pinch of salt required for this one.
It all stems from a claim by Russian YouTuber Anton Logvinov, and subsequently backed up by the likes of Gamesradar. Logvinov reports that Horizon Zero Dawn will be announced for PC very soon and it’ll “be available on PC in February next year."
Some credibility is apparently added to the claim because Logvinov also ‘predicted’ earlier this year that Death Stranding would come to PC. It's not abundantly obvious how predicting Death Stranding’s PC release in early 2019 is anything special though. We’ve been saying for years that Death Stranding will be coming to PC because, well, that’s exactly what Kojima Productions announced back in 2015. It doesn’t exactly qualify as a hot scoop to repeat this claim three years later. As a refresher, here is the original announcement:
So we’re on shaky ground already with this rumour, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s untrue. Unlikely, sure, but not impossible. It would’ve seemed impossible a few years back but Sony has, of late, begun to show that it is at least open to the possibility of allowing PlayStation exclusives to come to PC. Quantic Dreams’ trio of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human were all given the thumbs up for a PC release. Then there’s Death Stranding, of course. Sony published all four of these games on PlayStation 4.
The big difference between those games and this rumour, however, is that Sony owns neither Quantic Dream nor Kojima Productions. Sony does own Horizon: Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games, however, meaning total and absolute control over the Horizon IP.
On the flip side, there are only two games in existence which use Guerrilla's Decima Engine - Horizon: Zero Dawn and, yep, Death Stranding. If the hard work is already being put into getting the Decima Engine running well on PC for Death Stranding, wouldn’t it make a bit of sense to at least bring the other Decima title over? Perhaps, and it would also be a great profile boost for the franchise ahead of the expected announcement of Horizon: Zero Dawn 2, which will almost assuredly head to PlayStation 5.
We can’t really see this happening though, to be honest. It seems like a shot in the dark based on the game’s engine more than anything. We’d love it if it did but we’re certainly not getting our hopes up for the prospect any time soon.
What do you reckon then, can you see any truth to this rumour? Let us know!