Horizon is reportedly getting its very own MMO from Sony and NCSoft.
NCSoft is said to be currently recruiting for the project, which is referred to as “Project H” in the company’s job adverts.
However, NCSoft has refused to confirm the existence of the game, stating: “It is difficult to confirm information about unpublished projects that are currently under development.”
Horizon Zero Dawn launched in 2017 and begins to tell the story of Aloy – a young woman finding her feet in a post-apocalyptic, tribal world which is overrun by robotic creatures.
The game was met with critical acclaim – IGN’s own review gave it 9.3/10 and said: “Across a vast and beautiful open world, Horizon Zero Dawn juggles many moving parts with polish and finesse. Its main activity – combat – is extremely satisfying thanks to the varied design and behaviors of machine-creatures that roam its lands, each of which needs to be taken down with careful consideration. Though side questing could have been more imaginative, its missions are compelling thanks to a central mystery that led me down a deep rabbit hole to a genuinely surprising – and moving – conclusion.”
Zero Dawn was followed by Horizon Forbidden West which was released on PS5 earlier this year.
According to VGC, developer Guerrilla Games has long planned to develop multiplayer in the Horizon franchise, with co-op initially planned for the very first game. However, this feature was scrapped to allow the team to focus on “other areas”.
Sony was reportedly keen to include co-op in Forbidden West, but Guerrilla Games shelved this in favor of including multiplayer in a future project – either a sequel or an online spin-off.
However, this push towards an MMO comes after Sony announced earlier this year that it plans to launch 10 live service games by March 31, 2026, via its partnership with Bungie.
“Through close collaboration with Bungie and the PlayStation Studios, we aim to launch more than 10 live service games by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2026,” said Sony CFO Hiroki Totok.
Clearly, Sony is keen to develop this further with Horizon.
Want to read more about Horizon? Check out who will star as the main character in the upcoming Horizon TV series as well as Aloy’s biggest moments in Horizon Forbidden West.
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Source: IGN Video Games All