Sony has created some of the most intriguing games to hit new-generation consoles this generation. Each exclusive that has come to the PS4 platform has carried with it uniqueness and art, and that trend doesn’t feel like it’ll be stopping anytime soon.

Guerrilla Games is the studio behind the upcoming PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn, and they were the ones who put out Killzone Shadow Fall in late 2013. Horizon Zero Dawn may be different from Killzone, but the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

This won’t be too lengthy of a feature but have you happened to take a gaze upon the worlds of Killzone Shadow Fall and Horizon Zero Dawn?

Yes, it’s true that each game is set in a massively different time period, one being a futuristic present and the other being a futuristic past. Having said that, there are some stark similarities between the two, are there not?

Killzone Shadow Fall gameplay (Courtesy of Sony Computer Interactive).
Killzone Shadow Fall gameplay (Courtesy of Sony Computer Interactive).
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Similar forest gameplay from Horizon Zero Dawn (Courtesy of Sony Computer Interactive).

The level of lush detail that Guerrilla Games created with Killzone Shadow Fall is evident, and it’s no wonder where Horizon Zero Dawn is getting a bit of that same inspiration from.

Now I’m not insinuating that both games are connected and that this is something gigantic, weird twist in the plot from Guerrilla. It’s just merely an observation. It’s pretty easy to tell how Zero Dawn has been influenced by Shadow Fall, and yes, the former has been differentiated with more bushes and greenery on the surface.

It’s also worth noting how well Killzone Shadow Fall still stacks up to games that are released today from a visuals standpoint. Like Ryse: Son of Rome was for the Xbox One at launch, Killzone Shadow Fall was definitely the visual showcase title for PS4 when it launched back in 2013.

Futuristic robots from Shadow Fall (Courtesy of Sony Computer Interactive).
Futuristic robots from Shadow Fall (Courtesy of Sony Computer Interactive).
Futuristic dinosaurs from Zero Dawn (Courtesy of Sony Computer Interactive).
Futuristic dinosaurs from Zero Dawn (Courtesy of Sony Computer Interactive).

It’s too far of a stretch to say that Horizon Zero Dawn has been completely influenced by Killzone Shadow Fall, but when you think about Guerrilla Games’ history and the types of games they’ve made, it’s absolutely a logical conclusion.

Just take a look at the two photos above. Each has two different beasts, but there is definitely some influence from Shadow Fall in the latter. Killzone was the most futuristic thing that Guerrilla had ever created and so it’s a natural fit that Zero Dawn would be where the studio headed next.

As you may be getting ready for the launch of Horizon Zero Dawn, it’s more than worth taking a playthrough of Killzone Shadow Fall again because you’ll find some interesting perspectives and insights into how these two games feel more intertwined than you might think.

Horizon Zero Dawn was originally scheduled to launch this coming Fall but it hit a delay, which sent the game’s release into 2017. The game will be officially released on the Playstation 4 this coming Feb. 28. Do we hear a PS VR version of the game?

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One of the machines from Horizon Zero Dawn (Courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment).
Killzone Shadow Fall aircraft (Courtesy of SIE).
Killzone Shadow Fall aircraft (Courtesy of SIE).

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