Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Release Date, Gameplay, Story, Xbox Version, and More

It has been some time since Horizon Zero Dawn came out and fans have started getting edgy about a sequel. The PS4 exclusive game was an RPG experience of its own kind. But now its time for Guerilla Games to come up something even better for Horizon Zero Dawn 2.

Be it the Horizon Zero Dawn release date or the gameplay we’re going to discuss it all here. There is no official release date yet but there is enough available for us to discuss and speculate.

Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Release Date, Xbox One Version, Gameplay, and More

Let’s get the big question out of the way first. Yes, we’re talking about the expected release date for the game. When do the publishers wish to launch the game?

Well, if we look at the most recent events, Guerilla Games shifted to a temporary location recently. Rework on a new studio with a 7,300 square meters space is underway so the team would move to a bigger place soon.

This is a strong indication that developers are working on something big as the studio’s scale is increasing. Horizon Zero Dawn 2 is expected to release in 2021 which a possible announced in 2020. It is definitely a PS5 game and might not make it to PS4.

Since the size of the development team and development space is increased, Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will be bigger and better.

From sidequests to backstories, the gameplay could have tonnes of content. The open world of Horizon Zero Dawn could get more enriched through AI features as well. Developers can introduce an intelligent environment shared among the wild and the machines.

Moreover, the Horus robot opens another door for the sequel of the game. Horus appeared at the end of Horizon Zero Dawn too. The massive builds of such machines could enable a more diverse open world for Horizon Zero Dawn 2.

Will Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Come to Xbox One?

The original title came out with Sony being the publishers for the PS4 exclusive game. No one in their right minds would think that Sony would let a title such importance slip into the hands of rivals.

So, if you’re thinking that Horizon Zero Dawn 2 would get on Microsoft platforms, it ain’t happening. You might as well drop that thought right here and now. Sony owns the rights to Horizon Zero Dawn and Guerilla Games is a first party studio.

When Will We See the Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Trailer?

Getting a Horizon Zero Dawn trailer would take some time. We will probably see the trailer by PlayStation Experience next year but E3 2020 seems like a much safer bet for the Horizon Zero Dawn trailer.

There aren’t many details available for the game for now but a Producer at Guerilla said that they “obviously didn’t invest seven years into creating this big, rich world and all of the technology for nothing.” So we are surely going to see another game in the series.

Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Gameplay, Story

For the most part, Zero Dawn 2 gameplay would be similar to what we had in the first game. But layers will be added over the crafting system, loot system, and combat mechanics but most of all the narrative is going to be stronger than ever.

Horizon Zero Dawn story told us so much about the world and Aloy but at the same time creating so many questions. The ending of the original game still opens up various ways for the plot. The Co-Founder of Guerilla Games discussed the possibilities.

She’s really uncovered some of the main mysteries in the world, but how do you feel when you finish the story? Are there questions that come up that you want to relive and answer for Aloy? It was not difficult for us to build the Frozen Wilds and tell that story through Aloy. The environments and the world that we’ve put together easily raise more questions.

No only the main game but The Frozen Wilds created even more questions. Who woke the machines? Can we get GAIA back? What are the true intentions of Sylens?

However, one thing we know for sure about Zero Dawn 2 story is that AI’s are returning in a big way. Herman Hulst, Co-Founder at Guerilla Games discussed them by saying:

What you’re picking up on is the personification of AI systems, of giving them a face and a character and a behaviour. These are huge themes in our world too: the autonomy of warfare, the potential threat of AI going wrong. I think it’s really nice to show and not tell in games, and have the player react to them – and fight them – that makes it much more interesting to me.

Moreover, new types of creatures are planned for Horizon Zero Dawn 2 and all of them will be there in a meaningful way.

They are a lot of fun to design, build, animate, and play with. I wish we could have done a hundred. But the reality is a harsh mistress; it doesn’t allow you to make hundreds of machines.

It’s important that the world makes sense and the machines have their own roles.

We hope to see Horizon Zero Dawn 2 soon.

Sarmad is our Senior Editor, and is also one of the more refined and cultured among us. He's 25, a finance major, and having the time of his life writing about videogames.