Today, Guerrilla Games released a new behind-the-scenes look at Horizon: Zero Dawn, featuring, Guerrilla Games’ chief Hermen Hulst, game director Mathijs De Jonge and art director Jan-Bart van Beek.
The new video provides a glimpse into Aloy’s place in the world Guerrilla has created, and sheds light on who she is, and what drives her to survive as an outcast. More specifically, it revealed that many of her fellow tribe members shun her, and will completely not interact with her.
It also reconfirms that you will be able to play as young Aloy in the game, which will largely serve as a tutorial to the mechanics via a few missions.
Separate from the new video, studio co-founder and Managing Director Hermen Hulst was also quoted saying the following on the PlayStation Blog about Aloy:
“The creation of Aloy was relatively constant. Of course you always develop and iterate as you go along, but we decided she’d be a young red-headed female from day one.”
“We didn’t want this typical hulking dude, but an agile person who wouldn’t necessarily be able to hold her ground against the sheer gun power of these Machines, but is able to outsmart them. We’re really happy with our choice.”
We wanted somebody who was very curious, intelligent and takes in this wondrous world full of mystery to unravel,” explains Hermen. “And she can be fierce. We didn’t want a Disney type princess.
“There are a lot of beliefs and mythology in the tribes you meet in the game, but she doesn’t really buy into that and is a very down to earth girl who questions and puts everything into her own perspective.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is set to release for PS4 on February 28, 2017 in North America, and on March 1st in Europe and the UK (the later of which recently had its release date pushed up two days).
You can check out the new vide below: