A report coming from Video Game Chronicle claims that Sony Interactive Entertainment and Guerrilla Games will turn 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn into a trilogy with a possible co-op mode from future titles.
The sequel reportedly started right after the first game’s launch with plans since the beginning to turn it into a series. Sources told VGC that scripts were written to prepare for the future of Horizon Zero Dawn.
The scope will be larger than the 2017 title with more freedom and a bigger map. With that, “gigantic” vision for the sequel meant a shift from a PlayStation 4 release to the next-gen console that is set to release this holiday season.
Some sources suggest the possibility of co-op, although it is unclear if it will be a separate mode or within the main campaign. At one point, there was a plan to have a standalone co-op entry where your progress would carry over to the full game of Horizon Zero Dawn 2.
Having a friend to play with was meant for the first title, but did not go through due to other elements that needed attention.
While PlayStation has not officially confirmed the Horizon Zero Dawn trilogy, former president Shawn Layden did say in an interview with The Telegraph back in 2017 about the future of the IP.
“[Guerrilla co-founder] Herman Hulst has got a very keen mind on where he wants to take Horizon and what the roadmap is – and that roadmap is expressed in multiple years,” he said. “I think we’ll be in the Horizon business for a long time.”
With the upcoming port of Horizon Zero Dawn to PC this summer, Guerrilla Games’ job posting, and over 10 million copies sold, it is safe to say that Sony and the developer will want more installments to turn the 2017 hit into a trilogy. Still, please hold onto a pinch of salt as we cannot verify all of this information, especially the co-op.