It was only last month when Guerrilla Games introduced the “Ultra Hard” difficulty mode for Horizon: Zero Dawn. Today, the developer has announced another new feature that actually lowers the bar for those who do not want to burden themselves with combat and instead want to enjoy the fantasy world.

It is simply called the “Story” mode and is the new easiest difficulty on which Horizon: Zero Dawn can be played. According to the official patch notes, the mode drastically reduces the amount of damage received by enemies. At the same time, Aloy gets to inflict more damage than ever before.

In short, players can stand idly by to enjoy the surroundings and complete disregard whatever enemies are moving about in the vicinity.

The complete patch notes are as follows:

New features

  • Added ‘Story Mode’ difficulty. An easier difficulty setting for people that mainly want to experience the story of Horizon Zero Dawn.

General fixes

  • Fixed an issue for some players where human melee attackers could change their rotation and warp towards the player after jump attacking giving them an unfair advantage.
  • Fixed an issue in New Game+ where some players were not allowed to fast travel to Sunfall campfires with the Shadow Stalwart Adept armour equipped.
  • Fixed an issue where certain players were not able to abandon a job for a job created to buy items at a merchant.
  • Fixed an issue that some players encountered where some animation events would not work properly when the player has a lot of resources.
  • Fixed an issue in “Revenge of the Nora” where for some players the Nora would not help Aloy fight off the enemy during the ‘Clear the Camps’ objective.

Progression fixes

  • Fixed an issue in “The Point of the Spear” where some players were not able to continue the quest if they dropped their Tripcaster on NG+ before talking to Rost.
  • Fixed an issue in “The Sun Shall Fall” where some players were not able to get back in the palace to talk to Blameless Marad as the gates were closed.

Crash fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the game would crash for certain players if they switched difficulty while Aloy is dead with an Errand active.
  • Fixed an issue where for some players the game would crash if a player continuously makes ‘Jobs’ and then changes difficulty continuously.

Miscellaneous fixes

  • Minor text fixes.

A couple of months back, the developer confirmed that Horizon: Zero Dawn has sold more than 3.4 million units since its release earlier this year. In addition, it was also shared that 915,000 copies of the game were purchased digitally.

Sony is already convinced to create Horizon: Zero Dawn into a franchise, which means that we will get to hear about sequels in the future.