Rumor has it that South Korean game publisher NCsoft is teaming up with Sony to create a new MMO based on the wildly popular Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West games.
This type of massively multiplayer game would come in handy to correlate with Netflix’s upcoming TV adaptation of the Horizon games.
Back in May, we reported that the TV series was confirmed by Sony during a business call with PlayStation CEO and President, Jim Ryan.
The Horizon timeline would likely go like so;
2023 – Horizon: Call of the Mountain (FireSprite)
2024 – Horizon multiplayer title (Guerrilla)
2026 – Horizon MMO (NCsoft)
2028 – Horizon 3 (Guerrilla)
It is my understanding that a new IP from Guerrilla will come before Horizon 3. https://t.co/EiTXGmZYZC
— Festive Ry 🎄🎁 | #LetsGoPens 🐧 (@LumberjackRy) November 8, 2022
But as far as the MMO goes, some fans are skeptical. “Honestly, I’ve never been a huge MMO player but hopefully this can be a good dip into the genre. Fighting machines with other people would be amazing,” one Reddit user commented. “[There’s] absolutely no chance picking apart machine parts with a group online will be as smooth as offline single player,” another added. “This will not ever be close to the experience Horizon 1 and 2 provided.”
Pushsquare is even speculating that this Horizon MMO may also be coming to smartphones.
The Horizon games follow the main character Aloy, a young huntress who must survive in a post-apocalyptic world filled with mechanized enemies known simply as Machines.
The games have enjoyed overwhelmingly positive reviews, mostly praising them for the gorgeous art style, truly open world, and, of course, the character story arch for Aloy.
Horizon Zero West won Best Original Game two years in a row (2015 and 2016, before it even officially released) at the Game Critics Awards, as well as Best Preview/Vision at Gamescom 2016. It’s since gone on to win everything from Best Role Playing Game to Best Original Video Game Score and just about everything in between.