Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan and Asia showcased more gameplay of Horizon: Zero Dawn at Taipei Game Show in Taiwan, during a second stage event following the one earlier this morning.
On top of showing gameplay, Art Director Roy Postma and Producer Samrat Sharma also answered a few questions from the hosts, giving some interesting information about the game.
We learn that there will be many NPCs in the world, and in some cases they’ll join Aloy on her quests and fight alongside her, while in other cases Aloy will be able to join them on their own quests.
Players will be able to ride other machines later in the game, not just the Broadhead that we have seen so far. Postma was asked whether we’ll be able to ride flying machines, but he said he couldn’t answer that question (some might consider the lack of answer interesting on its own, but of course that would be just speculation).
Sharma also exoplained that enemy level scales up with Aloy’s level as she progresses through the game.
Interestingly, the hosts asked Postma why they decided to make a game with a female lead character, and the developer explained that Guerrilla never actively or intentionally thought about making the game with a female protagonist. The game simply had Aloy as its protagonist since the very beginning of its inception.
Incidentally, the gameplay footage that you’ll see below shows the same area and mission that was displayed earlier today, but it’s played in a much less rushed way, probably due to having was more time during the second event than during the first on stage.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is drawing a lot of attemption at Taipei Game Show, and Sony Interactive Entertainment Asia President Hiroyuki Oda opened the event dressed in cosplay dedicated to the game.
Horizon: Zero Dawn will launch exclusively for PS4 on February 28th in North America, and on March 1st in Europe.
You can enjoy the gameplay footage below.