New job listings on the website of Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games seem to all but confirm that a sequel is in the works.
Both of the job listings are for writers, one senior and one standard position, with their overview descriptions being nearly identical. What will be demanded of the writers, listed below, is equally similar, with the only difference being that the senior writer will additionally need to “mentor junior writers, helping them level up.”
What You Will Do
- You will pitch compelling ideas for quests, factions, and backstories.
- You will write quest dialogue, ambient dialogue, story outlines, and faction documents.
- You will develop narrative designs for quests, gameplay activities, and game features.
- You will support teams throughout the studio with their narrative needs while advocating for the game’s emotional arc.
These requirements paint a picture of a heavily story-driven, RPG-esque adventure coming from the studio. Horizon Zero Dawn was more open-world action game than RPG, but it had a deep network of RPG elements, from its character progression system to its branching dialogue options.
Even if these listings didn’t describe something that sounded so undoubtedly like a Horizon sequel, the simple fact that the developer is working on a new game would be enough to give it away. Horizon Zero Dawn is the third best-selling PS4 game of all time, with over 7.6 million units sold, and the game currently sits at an impressive 89 out of 100 on Metacritic. There is every reason for Guerrilla Games to jump on a sequel, including the fact that the developers have already expressed ideas for what they’d like to bring to a new installment.
The fact that Guerrilla is still hiring writers for the game—whatever it is—means it’s still a ways off, but fans definitely shouldn’t want the studio to rush it.
Source: Game Rant