Horizon Zero Dawn might get The Last of Us Part 1 remake treatment

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,

Horizon Zero Down might be getting The Last of Us Part 1 treatment from PlayStation Studio Guerrilla Games. Though Naughty Dog's remaster of its PS3 great was great, it sparked controversy for its price and seeming unnecessity.

Horizon Zero Dawn might be getting a PS5 remaster following the trend of Sony bringing its big PlayStation IP from the PS3 and PS4 up-to-date with fresh graphics, performance output, and more. If true, this would see a trend of the best PS4 games and PS3 games soon becoming PS5 must-haves too, like The Last of Us Part I.

Aloy oversees development on a new Horizon Zero Dawn for PS5Aloy oversees development on a new Horizon Zero Dawn for PS5

PS5 set for another PlayStation IP remake

PlayStation Studios appears to have given the directive to keep all of its major IPs up-to-date with current-gen, if a report from MP1ST (corroborated by VGC) is to be believed. The developer of the 2017 PS4 release, Guerrilla Games, is going to be bringing Zero Dawn up-to-par with Horizon Forbidden West — the original game's sequel and one of the best PS5 games so far.

The team will be improving the character models, lighting, and animations. Apparently, this remaster or remake is going to include more accessibility options, more graphics modes, and make quality-of-life changes to the gameplay. It is not clear from the report whether this would be a Director's Cut, in the vein of Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima, a more creatively titled remaster like Uncharted Legacy of Thieves, or a whole different thing like The Last of Us Part 1. Speaking of that last entry, we are curious as to how the news will be received, given TLOU had us questioning its worth as the sales numbers struggled.

LogoHorizon Zero Dawn is a fabulous game

Perhaps all the more interesting in this report was that the Horizon multiplayer game was reiterated to be in development. It seems Sony was keen for co-op to appear in Forbidden West, but Guerrilla decided that it would be too much work for one game. Instead, VGC and MP1st suggest that it might be a Horizon 3 project or a separate spin-off that would help contribute to Sony's 10-game live-service lineup overseen by Bungie's new division. A co-op mode would perhaps have to offer more than what Ghost of Tsushima Legends offered, despite how good that co-op mode is, in order to meet expectations.

Well, we have loved all the games going by our Horizon Zero Dawn review and our Horizon Forbidden West review so far, so a remaster wouldn't wipe any of those pleasures away. What do you think of this bundle of news? Is it all that you want to hear? Do you just want a new Horizon single-player game? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about exclusives like The Last of Us and Horizon, PS Plus news, and his favourite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and God of War — before an evening swim.
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