Zero Dawn has been confirmed, after months of rumours.In an interview with PlayStation Blog, Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios (and ex-managing director of Guerrilla Games) Hermen Hulst announced the news:
“Yes, I can confirm that Horizon Zero Dawn is coming to PC this summer…. There will be more information coming from Guerrilla, from the new studio directors [Michiel van der Leeuw, JB van Beek, and Angie Smets] pretty soon.”
We first heard about a PC port in January, when anonymous sources said that it would be the first exclusive game from a Sony first party developer to make the jump. Those previous reports said that the game would hit both Steam and Epic Games Store, but that remains unclear at time of writing.When asked about what this means for the future of major PlayStation games making the jump to PC, Hulst tempered any idea that this meant day-and-date PC releases of PlayStation exclusives.
“I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on.
“And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC. In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.”
That’s a marked difference in approach from Xbox, which has made its Play Anywhere scheme – in which Xbox Game Studios games are cross-buy and cross-save across PC and Xbox One – a cornerstone of its recent sales tactics.We recently celebrated Horizon’s third anniversary with a special episode of Podcast Beyond!, and picked a notional sequel as one of the games that would make PS5 a force to be reckoned with.
Horizon developer Guerrilla has recently been hiring for a game that could maybe, just maybe, be that sequel, after seeking staff with multiplayer experience to work on an “epic open world experience”.
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