Horizon Zero Dawn PC unlock times, when will it come out in my region?

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Aug 7, 2020 10:00 AM
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Guerilla’s epic open-world action game Horizon Zero Dawn is making its way onto the PC platform today, and whilst pre-loading the game is already available, at what time will it actually unlock? We take a look at the PC unlock times for Horizon: Zero Dawn for each region.

If you want to know exactly what kind of PC hardware the game requires, then you can check out the official Horizon Zero Dawn PC system requirements here.

HZD Complete Edition will be available to start playing at 8am PDT, 11am EDT, 4pm BST, 5pm CEST, and 1am (Saturday August 8th) AEST.

Region Unlock time
Pacific Daylight Time (US) 8am - August 7th
Eastern Daylight Time (US) 11am - August 7th
British Summer Time (UK) 4pm - August 7th
Central European Summer Time (EU) 5pm - August 7th
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AUS) 1am - August 8th

If you’ve read through our Horizon Zero Dawn PC performance report and graphics card benchmarks you’ll have noticed that the game can be quite demanding, and oftentimes quite glitchy depending on your hardware. Because of this, Guerilla has suggested players to keep up to date with the latest drivers for their graphics cards, as older drivers may cause some issues with the graphics or stability. For reference, the latest drivers as of today are:

  • Nvidia: 451.67
  • AMD: 20.7.2 (Optional / non-WHQL)

There’s also a few known issues with the game, and the developers have put out some warnings for these that you can expect when the version lands later today:

  • Anisotropic Filtering graphics setting is not working properly, Guerilla have marked this as “a high priority issue
  • Depending on your system, you may experience some stuttering whilst traversing the worlds, or during any UI updates or quest updates, or when the camera swaps in cutscenes. This is another high priority issue for the developers to fix.
  • Finally, some animations in the game are locked at 30fps even if your game is running at a higher frame rate. However Guerilla is exploring ways to improve this in a future update.

What is included in the Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition?

Not only is Horizon: Zero Dawn finally coming to PC, but it's also in the form of a “Complete Edition”, which includes a lot of new features specific to the PC as well as all the extra added content on the PlayStation 4 version, this includes:

  • The Frozen Wilds DLC
  • Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and Carja Mighty Bow
  • Carja Trader Pack
  • Banuk Trailblazer Outfit and Banuk Culling Bow
  • Banuk Traveller Pack
  • Nora Keeper Pack
  • Digital art book

Aside from actual content that’s included in the Complete Edition, Horizon Zero Dawn on PC also includes some new PC features like native 4K resolution support, unlocked framerates, custom keyboard and mouse controls, controller support (DualShock 4, Xbox, and Steam controllers), an FOV slider, and ultrawide monitor support.

Whilst the PC Complete Edition for Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t exactly a remaster, some graphical improvements have been made like better reflections and dynamic foliage. However none of the characters, machines, or environments have been redone for the PC version.

So that’s it! Not long now until we can all brave the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn when it launches on PC later today. Are you excited for it? Have you pre-loaded it already? Did you play the PS4 version at all? Or are you going in blind? Let us know!

Are you excited for Horizon Zero Dawn PC?

Have you pre-loaded it already?

Did you play it on PS4? Or going in blind?

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Slight correction, the latest AMD driver is 20.8.1, which is the one that comes with Horizon support.

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10:14 Aug-08-2020

Was considering of giving this another playtrough on the PC version, but after watching DigitalFoundry's performance analysis decided not to. According to them; "No PC is going to be running this game at a locked 60fps, or even a locked 30fps." The person testing it had massive problems with a 2080 Ti rig, so things don't look too good.


So it seems to be a very bad port. It's a shame, since it's a very good game. Hopefully they can improve it with patches.

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15:24 Aug-08-2020

At this rate, the game MAY be playable in like 2 years...

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20:09 Aug-08-2020

In my personal experience, I can run it at 1440p High settings with about 75fps average. I am perfectly fine with how it runs. Other than the micro stutter and the occasional audio blip it runs really well. If they don't come out with a patch soon, I won't stop playing. It's not game breaking for me, though I can understand others who want a super stable experience straight out the gate.

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19:06 Aug-07-2020

its crack

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04:22 Aug-08-2020

and you're happy?
I know denuvo is bad, but at least show some support for the devs and publishers man, they work hard for it
buy the game

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20:02 Aug-08-2020

Maybe, just maybe...he meant the game is addictive?

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14:25 Aug-09-2020

I already play this game in ps4 and i have disk also and why i buy this game again???

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21:32 Aug-09-2020

@Ravim trying to reason against someone who sails the seas is like trying to argue with a tree. I'd have said dog, but I'm too kind.

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12:05 Aug-07-2020

Slight correction, the latest AMD driver is 20.8.1, which is the one that comes with Horizon support.

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14:35 Aug-07-2020

To which I say we NEED an updated AMD performance report!

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19:49 Aug-07-2020

Definitely, I'm holding off on buying until it's all good.

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20:27 Aug-07-2020

@RealMTL After having played it for about an hour and a half now, I can say it runs pretty well on my system. Getting about 75fps average @1440p with High settings. Some small hiccups every now and then which can be ironed out with a patch. Pretty stable for day one; first Sony exclusive to come to PC. Not bad.

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23:03 Aug-07-2020

I'll also weigh in as I've played 4.7 hours now. Original preset/TAA, locked to 60 but have seen it go as low as 40. It's highly dependent on the area. Stutters are there but have become less frequent, installed on an SSD. I'd still recommend waiting for patches, it was bundled with my CPU so I had nothing to lose.

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04:19 Aug-08-2020

Cool, I've got a couple games in my backlog to kill time with.

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