Horizon Zero Dawn: Guerrilla Games Explain How They Managed To Put Ants In The Game

Done to make the environment “come alive”.

Posted By | On 18th, Mar. 2017 Under News

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Guerrilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn has garnered quite the positive praise since its launch. Many players also pointed to some of the amazing details in the game, including ants climbing up tree trunks. What inspired that level of fidelity?

Glixel spoke to art director Michiel van der Leeuw and it was explained how animators would take time out of the day to implement the ants. “It was one of the effects guys.

“They felt like the environment needed something to make it come alive. We’d been watching a lot of nature documentaries at that time, I think. It’s a very simple hologram with a custom animation that a shader artist made because the engine is quite flexible, in truth.”

We’ve already seen how each tribe in each region has their own customs and dress sense but this is a whole level of attention to detail. If you completed everything in Horizon: Zero Dawn, don’t worry – a story expansion is currently in development, though it doesn’t have a release date yet.

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  • Kent Reed

    I didn’t notice ants…they’re just saying this to make me replay the game

    • Dougdec92

      You were way too busy with the mechanical mega fauna

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  • jmmy

    I tried looking for these ant in the game. I didnt find any. Is this only on PS4 PRO?

  • omarcominyo

    I completely forgot to look for the ants. I must’ve spent over 60 hrs finishing the story and earning the platinum!


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