Guerrilla Games has been hard at work on a secret title for quite some time and it isn't Killzone. The new game is called Horizon: Zero Dawn and it's a third-person action-adventure game featuring a world after the apocalypse where humans are attempting to build back up civilization.
The game's setting takes place several generations after the fall of mankind and some sort of apocalyptic catastrophe has transpired. Players assume the role of Aloy, a young tribeswoman attempting to discover what her role is in the machine-controlled world they live in. You can check out the trailer below.
The trailer only gives gamers a small sampling of what the game is about. Guerrilla Games explained in a post-conference interview during the E3 live-stream that the game world will house multiple types of machine-operated dinosaurs. Different mechanical beasts roam the land, ranging from small scout types that you see early on in the video whose sole purpose is to scan the area and relay information to other machines, to larger towering beasts like the one Aloy fights at the end of the trailer that requires a lot of time and skill to dismantle.
In between are resource machines – these robotic dinosaurs were labeled as “herders” by Guerrilla Games and offer players ways to gather up resources and equipment. In the trailer above we see Aloy attempt to take down a few to take whatever it is they had. Another type of machine is a communications robot. They didn't really explain what the communications-type did other than obviously communicate info, but there is a poster shot showing a really tall, disc-shaped dinosaur that seems to hint at maybe one of them being a satellite-esque machine.
As for the combat... it looks technical enough. Players won't just shoot arrows or weapons or spears at the dinosaurs. Some takedowns can be done silently while other fights are like boss fights and players will have to use skill and mobility to overcome the odds. In the one fight above Aloy has to destroy specific parts of the one T-Rex dino by blowing off parts of its underbelly, knocking off its laser cannon on its back and then finally blowing up the core on the side of its body. It reminded me a lot of the boss fights from Lost Planet 2.
We don't really find out what the end-goal is of the game or who the main antagonist is, but this could be one of those rare games where a lot of the story could actually unfold through the act of discovery, which would be a rare treat from an AAA title.
Horizon: Zero Dawn was just one of the many new games announced for home consoles throughout E3, so far. Whether or not it surpasses the expectations or hype levels generated by Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Doom, Uncharted 4, Gears 4 or Mirror's Edge Catalyst is tough to gauge right now, but gamers are definitely excited to see more. It's just nice to see that there are definitely some risks being taken with some mainstream games, and Horizon's primitive, cyber-dino world looks like a nice new take on the third-person shooter genre.