Sony is reportedly working on a remake of Horizon Zero Dawn for PS5. Over the weekend, reports of the game’s existence started spreading online. The rumours were first reported by MP1ST which didn’t have much ground at first. However, last night VGC confirmed with their own sources that the remake is real and currently in development for PS5.
According to VGC, the Horizon Zero Dawn remake will feature improved visuals, bringing the game on par with this year’s Horizon Forbidden West. The game will feature new lighting, enhanced textures and draw distance, animations and even new character models.
Sony is also working on implementing new accessibility features into the Horizon Zero Dawn remake. In addition, the game will feature a range of graphics modes similar to the PS5 Forbidden West title. Reports also claim that it will ship with a handful of new features and quality of life improvements to the gameplay.
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Apart from remaking the original Horizon Zero Dawn, reports claim that Sony is also working with Guerrilla Games on a multiplayer game set in the same universe. The game will feature co-op gameplay and release on PS5 and PC. Earlier reports claim that Sony originally planned on releasing the co-op in Horizon Forbidden West but due to time constraints and the pandemic putting pressure on development, it was held back for a future release.
Fans of the series have always suspected that the series would get co-op at some point or another. The early concept art of Horizon Zero Dawn even showed off multiple characters fighting machines. By the sound of things, Guerrilla Games has always wanted to include the mode in the game but up to now, haven’t found the right way to do it. Knowing Sony, releasing a full remake and charging $70 for it marks the perfect opportunity to add the mode into the game.
Back in 2018, Guerrilla Games hired ex-Ubisoft multiplayer designer Simon Larouche. He worked on multiple online games at the studio including Rainbow Six: Siege. Larouche also worked on Killzone 2’s multiplayer back in the day before moving to Ubisoft.
At the moment we don’t know when we can expect this Horizon Zero Dawn remake. However, the question remains – is this really needed?