A Horizon MMO is reportedly in development

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Looks like there might be an MMO on the Horizon

The Horizon games have been one of the most well-loved series of recent memory, and for good reason — the phrase “robot dinosaurs” alone should be enough to get even the most stubborn curmudgeons on board. While the mainline games have been of the third-person open world stealth/action varieties, now it looks like Guerilla is looking to diversify the franchise by way of an MMO set in the Horizon universe.

As per a news story from a South Korean outlet called MTN (and relayed by GamesRadar, Sony has partnered with a studio called NCSoft, best known for their title Guild Wars. According to sources close to both parties, the project is under way under the title “Project H,” further confirmed by job listings on NCSoft’s website.

Guerrilla Games, along with the PlayStation studio in Amsterdam, also have some job listings on their own sites for mobile developers, leading to speculation that the potential Horizon MMO would be a mobile title. This certainly isn’t the first time job listings have given us a peek at a studio’s hand, like listings for multiplayer designers and testers at Naughty Dog hinted at an upcoming multiplayer project.

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Horizon has garnered a reputation on multiple fronts, from its enthralling gameplay to gorgeous facial capture to compelling characters, the foremost of them being the protagonist Aloy. The game’s full, vibrant world has always been party of its brand, so it makes perfect sense, in my opinion, to expand upon it in the form of an MMO.

It’ll be interesting to see what the gameplay might entail, but I could imagine players forming or joining their own tribes, building their own base, and teaming up with other players to take down large enemies. There are also plenty of monetization options (as would be inevitable for a mobile release), including mounts, outfits, and possibly upgrades for weapons and armor. I’m just spitballing here, but obviously there’s a lot of different directions they could go with this. I guess now we’ll just have to wait and see.

Noelle Warner