While we’ve just received a remake for The Last of Us, it looks like PlayStation isn’t quite done with remakes yet, as a source familiar with the matter who wishes not to be named revealed to us that a Horizon Zero Dawn remake is in the works for the PS5!
If you thought The Last of Us Part 1 was dividing gamers over whether or not a game needed a remake, brace yourself because we’ve been revealed that PlayStation is in the process of remaking or remastering (details won’t are still unclear) Horizon Zero Dawn, a game that is only five years old and whose sequel was released earlier this year.
Our source didn’t specify whether or not it was a “built from the ground up” style of remake, but we were told that the remake featured an improved lighting system (ambient occlusion, etc. ), revised textures. and better animations, with new character models matching those found in the sequel, Horizon Forbidden West.
To better understand how the sequel has improved graphically over the first, here’s a comparison we did earlier this year – Horizon Forbidden West: A Look at How the Decima Engine Has Evolved Graphically
Other than that, we were told that the focus is on bringing accessibility options introduced later. Different graphics modes will also be available, although this is a given since most PS5 games have uncapped performance, quality, and performance to take advantage of VRR (variable refresh rate). For the gameplay changes themselves, there are some subtle improvements, mostly those that are the quality of life improvements that came later. Whether or not we’ll see flyable mounts or a glider hasn’t been confirmed, though we’d guess that’s unlikely given the importance of their story in the sequel.
While Horizon Zero Dawn saw a performance patch released for the PS4 that allowed the PS5 to run at an unlocked but stable 60fps at 2160p checkerboard resolution, the title has yet to receive native support. a PS5 port that takes advantage of hardware, as well as DualSense functionality.
A PC port, however, was released which introduced some PC-specific improvements such as draw distance, higher frame rates, widescreen support, and more. Yet despite these improvements, the PC version was still just a port of the original, which graphically meant that the textures and character models remained the same for the most part.
According to our understanding, the Horizon Zero Dawn remake/remaster will bring it closer to Forbidden West, from improved textures, to draw distance. character models, even new and improved animations, and much more. Whether this will be on the scale of The Last of Us Part 1 Remake is unclear at this time.
For newcomers to the franchise, this remake/remaster may be the perfect way to get into the series, though arguably a tough sell for current owners. Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t that old of a game to begin with, it only came out five years ago. Naturally, this news may be a little disappointing to some, but we’ve got some good news if you want something to look forward to in the series outside of the upcoming VR game and a rumored Forbidden West DLC.
It turns out that Zero Dawn Remake/Remaster isn’t the only Horizon-related project that’s in the works, as we’ve also learned from other sources (information in conjunction with our original source) that a team ( presumed to be Guerrilla Games) at PlayStation are currently developing a Horizon online multiplayer game for the PS5 and PC.
Two sources have verified that the project is real, with a third giving brief details that it could be a form of cooperative. Customization is said to relate to the various tribes established in the Horizon franchise, however, we were unable to verify this, nor any details on whether or not online play would feature some sort of co-op or PvP.
As for when these should be announced? It’s everyone’s guess, although well-known leaker Dusk Golem mentioned a month ago on ResetEra that a PS4-era Sony game is getting a PS5 release in the form of a “facelift”, considering that it was not far from being announced. Could Horizon Zero Dawn be the title they were referring to?
Should there be any new developments regarding either project, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
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