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Horizon Zero Dawn Pixel Fan Art Would Make for a Great Retro Game

Horizon Zero Dawn pixel fan art is giving us dreams of how great it would be to play it as a 16-bit game.

An Horizon Zero Dawn sequel is one of the most requested after games since its release on February 28, 2017, and it’s not hard to see why players love it so much. Thankfully though, developer Guerrilla has its fingers on the pulse of the gamers and a full-blown trilogy is reportedly in the works on Sony’s next-gen console the PS5 and apparently they’ve already written a script in multiple parts if future sequels were greenlit by those at Sony. But what if – hear me out – what we really want is a 16-bit retro version of Horizon Zero Dawn instead?

For those of you who haven’t played this incredible game yet (I mean, seriously – what are you doing with your life that you haven’t?) Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game played from a third-person view where players take control of Aloy, a hunter who ventures through a post-apocalyptic land ruled by massive robotic creatures but also enjoys battling it out with human enemies, such as bandits and the Eclipse cult. One of the game’s best features is its manageable map that isn’t too big nor too small and consists of forests, jungles, deserts, and snowy mountain regions. As beautiful as the game is and most certainly one of my favorite games of recent times, I think I am warming to the idea that it could be just as amazing scaled down to 16-bit – you know, just for the fun of it and that little bit of nostalgia.

Twitter user toyaken21 from Japan has crafted a gorgeous pixelated version of Horizon Zero Dawn in one of their many pieces of fan art and I have to say, I think many people would jump all over this if it was turned into a game. Over the years, retro gaming has been making a steady comeback and even during the lockdown due to the coronavirus, Jason Moore, who runs a website that sells and trades in Retro games, told E&T that after an initial dip when the crisis began he saw a record spike in sales, “going up around 30 percent over the past few weeks.” If a Horizon Zero Dawn 16-bit retro version were to appear on a console such as the Nintendo Switch, for instance, I would for sure snap it up as I think many others would as well. I think with how the Switch boosts the color scheme of its games, the pixilated robots and landscapes would make for some beautiful visions and who doesn’t love a good meaty platformer where they can get lost in for hours on end, something similar to Ori and the Blind Forest or Hollow Knight.

For those of you who don’t own a PlayStation 4, the news that Horizon Zero Dawn will be making its way to PC is great news. In an interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Head of Worldwide Studios, Hermen Hulst finally put the rumors to bed and confirmed that Horizon Zero Dawn coming to PC was true. As a huge fan of the game myself, I was thrilled to hear that more people would experience Aloy’s adventures for themselves. Many of us love a good board game so when board game makers Steamforged Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game, I couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, it has been put on hold for now but hopefully, everything will be up and running as soon as possible because, I for one, would love to get my hands on it.

In the meantime though, if you love comics as much as I do then July can’t come quick enough.  A new comic book series based on Horizon Zero Dawn and set to launch on July 22, 2020, written by Anne Toole, is set to explore the story after the events of the first game. Anne is known for having been a writer on Horizon Zero Dawn, as well as written work that can be found in games such as Days GoneThe Witcher, and TV shows such as “Days of Our Lives.”

Horizon Zero Dawn is available now on the PS4 and later on in the year on PC. If you haven’t played it yet, you can check out DualShockers’ review.


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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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