Horizon Zero Dawn PS5 remake reportedly in the works five years after its original launch

published: 2022-10-02T22:34:53

Updated: 2022-10-02T22:35:12

Sony is reportedly working on a new version of Horizon Zero Dawn for the PlayStation 5, either a full-fledged remake or a simpler remaster, just five years after its original release on the PlayStation 4.

We seem to be in the era of fast remakes now. Just nine years away from the original Last of Us release on PS3, Naughty Dog recently rolled out The Last of Us Part 1 Remake for PS5 to much criticism. Now it looks like the strategy is being adopted for another of Sony’s blockbuster first-party franchises in the Horizon series.

Horizon Zero Dawn, the 2017 open-world title from Guerrilla Games, is reportedly being updated for a re-release on the latest hardware, according to MP1st and soon confirmed by other prominent industry insiders such as Tom Henderson and Lance McDonald.

For now, it remains unclear what to expect from this new iteration. Details are unclear as to whether this build will be a full remake similar to The Last of Us Part 1, or a less complicated remaster for a lower price.

However, sources have told MP1st that the project is set to “improve lighting, revise textures,” and include “better animations with new character models.” This is reportedly being done to better align the original with the Horizon Forbidden West sequel.

Horizon Forbidden West gameplayGuerrilla games

Horizon Zero Dawn launched in 2017 and its sequel, Forbidden West, arrived in early 2022.

In addition, the report states that a series of accessibility features from the follow-up will also be rolled back in this new version of the original, allowing more players to enjoy Aloy’s first chapter.

Since it’s seemingly still early days, there’s no telling when this new iteration might launch. With Horizon 2074 now in active development, as Netflix adapts the first game into a live-action series, there’s a good chance Sony plans to drop this PS5 remake or remaster close by.

How expensive this new version will be is also a mystery for now. Depending on the size of the project, we could see everything from a free update, a small fee for existing owners, or a full premium reissue that’s no different from The Last of Us Part 1. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any more details emerge.

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