Embrace yourself — this might ruin your day — Horizon Zero Dawn has been delayed to March 2017. But alas, not all is horrible, a new trailer was also released.
Along with the announcement, the following standard statement was made:
“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,” said GG’s Hermen Hulst.
“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.
“We realise that this decision may not please everyone. At the same time, we’re confident that the advantages of the additional development time afforded by the new date will become clear in the coming months, as we start to share more cool details and videos from Horizon Zero Dawn.”
The game was originally expected to release this year, although no specific dates were announced. Previously, PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida had given his word that Horizon Zero Dawn would release this year, alas, even the great Shuhei can be wrong.
A description of the game reads:
“Horizon Zero Dawn is a PS4-exclusive action role playing game developed by Guerrilla Games, creators of the Killzone franchise. As Horizon Zero Dawn’s main protagonist Aloy, a skilled hunter, explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures. Embark on an emotional journey to unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.” (bq)
This long-rumored delay seemed inevitable, but I don’t mind. Horizon Zero Dawn looks to have the potential to not only put Guerilla Games in the conversation of the best developers in the industry, but be 2017’s GOTY. The only concern I now have is it’s March release date — the same month the new Mass Effect releases. My social life and friendships can’t handle that.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.