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Is There An Up Side to Horizon Zero Dawn’s Delay?

Back in January, we talked about Horizon Zero Dawn in our ‘Most Anticipated Games of 2016‘.  This was the one title that I was looking forward to this year, and now it seems that the game’s release will be delayed until 2017.

Initially, Guerilla Games assured fans that Horizon Zero Dawn would be released as a PS4 exclusive in 2016.  However, On April 20th, an industry insider known as ‘shinobi602’ tweeted “Well…Horizon: Zero Dawn’s getting delayed to early 2017 from what I’m told. Going to look splendid on PS4k though.”  This one tweet started a lot of speculation about the reasons for the delay, and why Guerilla Games had not made a formal statement about it.

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Now, the latest reports about the release date for this highly-anticipated game appear to indicate that Guerilla Games may actually be pushing back the date so that they can take advantage of the rumored Playstation 4K, which will reportedly have upgrades to the RAM capacity, processor, and graphics chip, over the current iteration of the PS4.

There is speculation, however, that the cause for the delay of the upcoming post-apocalyptic game featuring robotic dinosaurs, is because it will need what some in the industry call the “NEO mode compatibility” with the PS4 4K console.  This new mode is supposed to be a feature which game developers will be able to build into games, allowing for play on the upgraded console, while still being compatible with the original PS4.  However, there has been no official confirmation from Sony that such a console is even in development, so unless the developers at Guerilla Games know something that the public doesn’t, this may be quite a stretch.

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What do you think?  Do you feel that the delay is a good thing, or are you disappointed that it will not be released this year?  Let us know in the comments!

 

About Doug T. (490 Articles)
A lifelong gamer, disabilities advocate, avowed geek, and serious foodie. Doug was born in South America, currently resides in Northern VA, and spends the majority of his time indulging in his current passions of gaming & food, while making sure not to take life or himself too seriously.
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