Horizon Zero Dawn, an anticipated PlayStation 4-exclusive, is now delayed until next year.
Horizon Zero Dawn will launch on Feb. 28, 2017 in North America, missing its targeted 2016 release date, Guerrilla Games announced on Monday.
The Sony-exclusive will also release across Europe on March 1 and March 3 in the U.K.
The Killzone developer said the delay is necessary to complete the studio’s vision of the project for the open world, action role-playing game. Hermen Hulst, the company’s managing director, said on the PlayStation Blog that pushing the release back was a tough decision but one that will help improve Zero Dawn’s gameplay and visual quality.
“We realize that this decision may not please everyone,” Hulst said. “At the same time, we’re confident that the advantages of the additional development time afforded by the new date will become clear in the coming months, as we start to share more cool details and videos from Horizon Zero Dawn.”
Zero Dawn was first revealed at Sony’s E3 conference last June. The single-player only game is a departure from the Amsterdam-based studio’s first-person shooter portfolio with the Killzone franchise that it started in 2004.
Zero Dawn’s main character is Aloy, a woman who is an outcast in search of her identity. Set 1,000 years in the future, the people in Horizon have reverted back to tribal societies, the ancient mysteries from long lost cities and civilizations covered by an abundance of nature and wildlife.
The game’s story is written by John Gonzalez, who was one of the lead designers and head writer on Fallout: New Vegas (2010). Horizon has been in development since 2011 and uses a modified game engine from Killzone Shadow Fall. Members of the development team on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) were hired to help Guerrilla shape Zero Dawn’s large open world and its RPG elements.
Highly advanced mechanized creatures in the vein of dinosaurs and other animals dominate the post-apocalyptic Earth where humans are no longer the planet’s most powerful species. The game will feature an open world with a day and night cycle. The gameplay has role-playing elements, based around hunting with weapons like a bow and spear, different arrow types and setting traps to scavenge the machines to craft new equipment and items.
There will be both a collector’s edition and limited edition version for Zero Dawn. The collector’s edition will retail for $119.99 and includes a 9-inch statue of Aloy created by Gentle Giant, a steelbook case, a 48-page artbook, a PS4 dynamic theme, two in-game outfits, two weapons and three equipment packs. The limited edition includes everything but the statue and the “Nora Keeper” equipment pack.
Guerrilla Games’ last release was Killzone Shadow Fall, a launch title for the PlayStation 4 in November 2013.
Watch the new trailer showing Aloy’s history in Zero Dawn: