And then on Tuesday morning, a development: a post on the PlayStation Blog has surfaced with further word from the developer regarding the titles release and, more excitingly, a new release trailer.
In this new narrative drop of a trailer, we get a feel for what is soon to be everyone’s new favorite troubled antagonist, Aloy (Ae-loi). Hinting at “cursed” origins and seemingly holding ties to the technological beings that inhabit the world, we see that Aloy is somewhat of an outcast in her village. Unsure of whom she is and where she came from, she sets out for answers in an uninhabited land, once ruled by past civilizations and now reclaimed to nature.
Good news for us eager game nerds, an origin quest into apocalyptic waste is typically a good start to an intense narrative journey.
While we thrill to Aloy dodging mechanical behemoths on her way towards the truth, the remainder of the statement from Guerilla Games apologetically announces that the game’s release date is being pushed back. Initially slated for a 2016 release when it was announced at E3, the game has been gently nudged to early 2017, but this time with a date cemented in stone.
It wasn’t an easy choice to make; we know many of you have been anxious to play the game since we first announced it. However, we also want to ensure that ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ lives up to the visuals and gameplay quality that our games are known for. The new date affords us the extra time required to deliver fully on our ambitious vision for ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’.
Guerilla now has the breathing room to bring the project to fruition. While there are sure to be those infamous internet junkies up-in-arms about pushed release dates, I’m sure the less vocal majority of us understand that, as with good wine, perfection requires a certain amount of time. Guerilla can have all the time they need on this one.
We can wait patiently.
Horizon Zero Dawn is now locked in for a February 28, 2017 release.