That Horizon: Zero Dawn unveiling at E3 was pretty freakin' awesome.
And it begs the question: If developers take a risk and leave tried-and-true franchises behind, can they produce even better IPs? On the flip side, will the millions of fans they accumulated from the first successful IP feel slighted?
I know several people who were hoping Guerrilla Games would reveal a new Killzone entry. I think many will agree that the PS4 launch title, Shadow Fall , was a good game but a little underwhelming (even if expectations for the new generation were absolutely through the roof). And there are many who remember previous entries with a great fondness, so they wanted to see what Guerrilla had in store for the franchise.
Now, while the developer says they haven't abandoned Killzone , it's clear that their focus is currently on the new Horizon IP. I think it looks fantastic and it's a huge departure from Killzone . It's precisely what I wish more developers would do; break out of their comfort zone and deliver something ambitious and fresh. I have no way of knowing if Horizon will be a great game but I think everyone is anticipating something special.
The question is, if the game does very well, should Guerrilla even bother returning to Killzone ? I mean, they probably should, but what if Horizon becomes a huge new franchise? Wouldn't they want to stick with the money-maker? And one could argue that Killzone hasn't been so amazing, and it's better to stick with the fantastic new IP. I'm just wondering what FPS fans think…
Related Game(s): Horizon: Zero Dawn