‘Horizon: Zero Dawn 2’ reportedly a PS5 exclusive, will feature co-op

Guerrilla Games also has plans for a full trilogy

Guerrilla Games is reportedly working on a sequel to Horizon: Zero Dawn, which will be a PlayStation 5 exclusive and feature co-op gameplay.

Multiple unnamed sources recently told VGC that the developer started working on Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 soon after the release of the original. Although the sequel was initially in development for the PlayStation 4, it has reportedly been pivoted for Sony’s upcoming next-gen console, the PlayStation 5.

Moreover, the sequel will feature a “larger game world and more freedom to explore” and is likely to have a co-op mode, according to “people with knowledge of the game”. Co-op was originally set to be included in Horizon: Zero Dawn, but was cut in favour of keeping other features intact, game director Mathijs De Jonge told YouTube channel Noclip back in 2018.

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“The programmers basically said that if we wanted to have co-op, we would also have 50 per cent of the features we had been asking for and not 100 per cent,” De Jonge said. “With Horizon: Zero Dawn being the first game [in the franchise], we wanted 100 per cent, so we dropped co-op in favour of that.”

The report also reveals that publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has given Guerrilla Games the go-ahead for “ambitious” plans to turn the franchise into a trilogy. The developer also intended to release a “stand-alone co-op game preview” that will allow players to carry over progress to Horizon: Zero Dawn 2, but its “not clear if these plans are still in place”, VGC added.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is an action RPG that was released in 2017 for the PlayStation 4 to critical acclaim. The complete edition of the game is currently being ported to PC, with a planned Summer 2020 release, according to its Steam page.

In other PlayStation news, Sony recently unveiled a new Play At Home initiative, making two of its games – Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey – completely free to download for gamers between now and May 5.

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