Horizon Zero Dawn Does Not Need Multiplayer, Similar To The Witcher 3 In That Regard: Guerrilla Games

Guerrilla Games explains why Horizon Zero Dawn does not have multiplayer.

Posted By | On 02nd, Jan. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

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Guerrilla Games have been rather silent about their upcoming role playing game, Horizon: Zero Dawn. Although we received a a bit of information last August, the development team are pretty tight lipped about revealing more details about their next big game.

The upcoming PS4 exclusive will be a purely single player experience and it won’t have a multiplayer component. In a recent interview with IGN Latino America, Mark Norris, executive producer of Horizon Zero Dawn explained why this is the case.

“There are questions as to why a multiplayer will not do. The reality is that we are putting together a new IP. We are making a new franchise for the first time in 10 years and what we really want to do is improve the experience for the player. When you get to face these machines as Eloy, with this great character, who is the real star of the story and everything that happens, have this connection with her. But what happens when you take the elements of multiplayer? You play as a supporting character? How does that work?,” he stated.

He also drew comparisons with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and how CD Projekt RED focused only on the single player portion. Despite lacking a multiplayer component, The Witcher 3 proved to be one of 2015’s best game and won our award for Game of the Year 2015 award.

“It is an action RPG with a single player experience. I think we’re similar in that way, we want this to be the story of Eloy. Although a multiplayer mode is great and maybe we can think of something for the future, but we want Horizon Zero Dawn’s story to be on Eloy and it’s going to be fantastic when you play with it.”

Guerrilla Games are mostly known to develop first person shooter games. Furthermore the stories told in the Killzone series have been nothing but bland. One of the things that made The Witcher 3 such an amazing experience was its plot. There was a reason to everything. Every main mission, side quest and monster mission had a deeply inter-woven narrative which tied up with the main plot line.

Although Guerrilla Games have hired top rated writers in the past, it’s best to keep expectations low in case of Horizon: Zero Dawn’s story.

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  • leanton31

    Good news.

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  • Gamez Rule

    “It’s best to keep expectations low in case of Horizon: Zero Dawn’s story”

    John Gonzalez, who specializes in open world RPGS and done Fallout: New Vegas has joined Guerrilla Games and could be working on the story for Horizon:ZD. The fact Guerrilla Games hired a writer from New Vegas shows how much they want to make a great game and a good story behind that game. Guerrilla Games also hired the writer who wrote the Barron’s quest ( Dennis Zoetebier ) in The Witcher 3 for this game too.

    Here is the listings from some of the other side quests Dennis Zoetebier created in The Witcher 3:

    ‘Devil By The Well’

    ‘Precious Cargo’

    ‘A Frying Pan, Spick and Span’

    ‘Missing In Action’

    ‘Twisted Firestarter’

    ‘Fall Of The House Of Reardon’

    ‘Ghosts Of The Past’

    ‘For The Advancement Of Learning’

    ‘Count Reuven’s Treasure’

    ‘High Stakes’

    ‘Ugly Baby’


    ‘The Final Trial’

    ‘To Bait A Forktail’

    ‘No Place Like Home’

    ‘Va Fail, Elaine’

    ‘Blood On The Battlefield’

    To imply the story could be poor due to being a Guerrilla Games story is simple BS and poorly written and could be classed as click bait. Gamers shouldn’t need to keep expectations low due to the above information I posted showing the people helping out Guerrilla Games that specializes in open world RPGS.

    • kevin

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    • Hermione Granger

      the news article guy is a killzone hater… i guess he got his but t kicked in killzone online mp and still is soar about it.

  • Lars Anderson

    Damn. CD Projekt lost a major talent in Zoetebier.

    • Damon Tarklin

      His talents will go to waste at GG.

  • Anthony

    Exactly this. Not having to incorporate any lame multiplayer mechanics allows them to put more effort into developing the single player experience and content. I’m glad that someone is at least focusing on single player experiences that don’t require internet. When companies can get away with just making a few repetitive multiplayer maps and mechanics, they get lazy, greedy, start incorporating microtransactions, and the single player experience suffers. Just look at what happened to Halo 5. If you don’t have internet, I don’t think you can even play Fable Legends or Sea of Thieves.

    • Damon Tarklin

      Lol, this studio doesn’t have the talent to make a truly great single player game. Halo 5 suffered because 343 was never a good studio to begin with.

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  • polysix

    Good. Not every damn game needs rudimentary MP tacked on! Make some good single player games once in a while and leave multiplayer to the great online games…

  • Hermione Granger

    im totally fine with no online mp…. but i expect a finished game on release, and not gigs of bug fix patches released for months after release…

    • Damon Tarklin

      Ok, but that buggy mess is still a lot of fun. One of the best games of the year in fact.

      GG isn’t going to create a single player game that anyone is going to want to play. No one played Killzone games for the single player portion.

    • Hermione Granger

      i played killzone for sp and mp… and there was many other that did the same… you must be talking about call of duty..

    • Psionicinversion

      they didnt play them for online either. Shadow fall was a ghost town after 1 month

  • Ian Henry

    Great to hear. Horizon: Zero Dawn is another title that I’m anticipating for this year it’s and hopefully it’s going to exceed everyone’s expectation of the game along with The Last Guardian. I pray it will be definitely be a successful franchise from Guerilla Games and they will definetly be considered a top tier AAA dev along with its other Sony studios Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, and Polyphony Digital. Can’t wait for this title to blow everyone away.

  • Elenora Tazia

    No worries! I’m dying to see more gameplays. Still have high hopes on Killzone as well.

  • MrVux007

    “the stories told in the Killzone series have been nothing but bland.”

    “it’s best to keep expectations low in case of Horizon: Zero Dawn’s story.”



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