Horizon Zero Dawn PS5 remake appears to be real – and people aren't happy
Sony is planning to remake Horizon Zero Dawn for PS5, according to reports, and a Horizon multiplayer game is also in development
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: Horizon Zero Dawn
🤔 Sources suggest that a Horizon Zero Dawn remake is coming to PS5
🆕 The remake will feature a new lighting system, textures, better animations, and new character models
♿ More accessibility options will also be introduced in the sequel
👨👩👧👦 Developer Guerrilla Games is also reportedly working on a multiplayer Horizon game
Sony is planning to release a Horizon Zero Dawn remaster for PS5 and is also working on a new Horizon multiplayer game, according to new reports.
The news was first shared by MP1ST, which claims the Horizon Zero Dawn PS5 remaster will feature a new lighting system, improved textures, better animations, and character models that match the quality found in the game’s sequel, Horizon Forbidden West.
Horizon Zero Dawn on PS5 will also include new accessibility options, similar to The Last of Us Part 1. However, it’s unclear whether Horizon Zero Dawn will share the same divisive $70 price tag as Naughty Dog’s title.
A multiplayer Horizon game is apparently in development, too, which will let players team up to take down the game’s machines together. Details are scarce, but it could play similarly to Capcom’s Monster Hunter titles.
Why are fans divided? 🤔
Horizon Zero Dawn was released for PS4 in 2017, meaning the game is only five years old. The game runs at 60fps on PS5 after an update unlocked the previous 30fps cap, and Horizon Zero Dawn was also released on PC in 2020.
It’s hard to justify why Sony would want to remake Aloy’s first adventure, then, but it could be due to the game’s upcoming Netflix adaptation. We’ve seen Cyberpunk: Edgerunners catapult Cyberpunk 2077 back into the spotlight, and other series like The Witcher has also helped increase game sales over time.
However, neither of these titles were remade specifically to capitalize on a potential new audience, although The Witcher 3 is getting a PS5 and Xbox Series X|S update later this year.
It seems like Sony wasn’t deterred by the uproar over The Last of Us Part 1, which many criticized as being unnecessary. Some fans even called it a “cash grab,” but the news of the Horizon Zero Dawn remake seems to have angered online commenters even more.
Horizon Forbidden West, the game’s sequel, was only released in February, and it’s arguably one of the best PS5 games around due to its sumptuous visuals and impressive open world. Crucially, though, Forbidden West improved on the original game’s mechanics in several ways, which makes replaying Zero Dawn a rather jarring experience.
There are plenty of PS2, PS3, and even PS4 games that would benefit from a remake more than Horizon Forbidden West, such as Bloodborne, but I’d honestly like to see some actual new games for Sony’s PlayStation 5. We’ve already seen Demon’s Souls, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, The Last of Us Part 1, and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered come to PS5.
It’d be nice to play something brand-new for a change instead of revisiting titles most of us have already played for the umpteenth time.
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