It has barely been two months since the release of Horizon Zero Dawn, but its immense success has caused Guerrilla Games to talk about a possible sequel.
Speaking with Game Informer in a recent interview, narrative director John Gonzalez weighed in his thoughts about how the team would approach the second installment. He stated that it is compulsory for the sequel to feature a similar storyline which is just as deep if not deeper.
“We’ve been absolutely humbled by the players’ response to the story and their emotional connection to Aloy,” he said. “Should a sequel happen, our number one goal would be to respect that connection by doing our utmost to create a story that resonates just as deeply.”
Despite the great reception, Guerrilla Games is fully aware that there are certain aspects of the game that could have been made better. According to game director Mathijs de Jonge, the development team is closely following feedback from the players to make sure that that next game works on any and all complaints.
“That some parts don’t shine quite as brightly as others is something that was kind of inevitable due to the scope,” he said. “We are looking closely at any critiques as part of plotting out our plans for the future of Horizon.”
As for what kind of content we could possibly be looking at in the sequel, art director Jan-Bart van Beek exclaimed that he would personally love to see more machines and androids in the world.
“More machines,” he said. “They are a lot of fun to design, build, animate, and play with. I wish we could have done a hundred. But reality is a harsh mistress; it doesn’t allow you to make hundreds of machines.”
Horizon Zero Dawn was released a couple of months ago in late February for PlayStation 4. It received stellar reviews across the board and was hailed by everyone for its beautiful world and storytelling. The success pretty much confirms that Sony will be hoping to make it into an entire franchise with multiple sequels in the future.