‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ launch & preload details revealed; Director Mathijs de Jonge finds lethal lightning strikes ‘unfair’

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Those who have not yet seen the new “Horizon Zero Dawn” trailers must do so to have a taste of the game’s mysterious and lethal post-apocalyptic world. Aloy’s character has been greatly inspired by Ygritte, Jon Snow’s love interest in the smash-hit high-fantasy drama “Game of Thrones.” Facebook/Guerrilla Games

Guerrilla Games’ “Horizon Zero Dawn” is definitely the next big PS4 exclusive and fans are eager to know when it will be released. Good news is that the Sony has finally confirmed when the game will be available for download from the PlayStation Store. As per a new trailer released by Sony, “Horizon Zero Dawn” unlocks at 9 p.m. PT on Monday, Feb. 27. Thus, the Australia timing for the game unlock will be 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28. Moreover, pre-loading will begin 48 hours ahead of launch.

According to DualSHOCKERS, “Horizon Zero Dawn” is scheduled to release exclusively for PS4 on Feb. 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe. For now, gamers can enjoy the latest screenshots, various previously released trailers, videos showcasing Behemoth and Stormbird and Snapmaw and Thunderjaw plus a new TV commercial. Sony believes that the game has all the potential to become a new franchise for the company and it also believes “Horizon Zero Dawn’s” main character, Aloy, inspired by “GOT’s” Ygritte, can becomes a PlayStation icon in future.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that “Horizon Zero Dawn’s” elaborate weather system won’t include damaging lightning strikes. I n an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine, Game Director Mathijs de Jonge explained the reason for this.

“We had some prototypes, for example, we had some lightning strikes that would randomly hit enemies or randomly hit the player. But it just felt unfair because you have no control over it, it just naturally happens and suddenly you have a lot of damage. So we took that out in the end,” he told Official PlayStation Magazine.

The “Horizon Zero Dawn” weather system impairs the player’s vision and affects Aloy’s animations and speech. There are also certain areas where there are intense dust storms, taking visibility to near-zero. Thus, has Sony got a winner?

While many are predicting a stupendous success for “Horizon Zero Dawn,” Tech Radar believes Sony has reasons to be hesitant. Sony has been plagued by “Driveclub’s” botched launch, PS Plus version’s delay and “The Order: 1886’s” critical letdown. These days, Sony is focusing more on hardware, “driven by PS4’s evolution into PS4 Pro and the technical benefits of a mid-generation regeneration.” It also has a big commitment to VR. PS4 has become more of an experience and that’s exactly the mountain “Horizon Zero Dawn” has to climb.

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