Horizon: Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games has posted several job listings which appear to indicate a sequel is in the works. Guerrilla Games is looking to fill several positions at the studio, including for a Senior Technical Animator proficient in skinning humanoid and non-humanoid characters, alongside a ‘Senior Creature Animator’.
For the Senior Creature Animator, Guerrilla “looking for a senior in-game creature animator with extensive experience animating animal movement and behavior,” which sounds right in Horizon’s ballpark.
This could be for anything of course, and Guerrilla Games may even be working on a new IP, but after the incredible success of Horizon: Zero Dawn, a sequel seems like a no-brainer. There is also the possibility GG is ramping up development on a story expansion for the original game. If so then it would appear the DLC teased a few weeks ago may still be a long way off.
In all likelihood it’s going to be for both. A Horizon: Zero Dawn expansion is likely already months into development, while Guerrilla Games will be looking to pump out a sequel as quickly as humanly possible. Its Killzone series hasn’t made the splash both Guerrilla and Sony perhaps expected, but Horizon dropped with a bang. It’s already become the fastest selling new IP on the PlayStation 4 and Sony evidently sees it as a franchise with legs.
That said, it looks as if Horizon is the IP rather than the Zero Dawn suffix, so we’re probably going to get Horizon: Something rather than Horizon: Zero Dawn 2. It all makes sense when you play the game, believe me. Hopefully by then we'll be able to play Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC in some form, even if it's only through the PlayStation Now streaming service.