Playstation Boss Shawn Layden said in a recent interview with Glixel that Horizon: Zero Dawn, the latest action adventure game from Killzone developer Guerrilla Games has reached a new sales milestone of 3.4 million copies sold, of which 915,000 were digital. The last milestone reported for Horizon: Zero Dawn was 2.6 million copies just two weeks after it launched.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are scarce and animal-like machines roam the world alongside organic ones. The story follows protagonist Aloy as she seeks to uncover the truth about who she is and where she came from.
Given that Guerrilla Games made their name with the Killzone series, it’s a huge surprise not only to see them making a third person action adventure title but to see that title perform so well both in terms of playability and retail sales. Indeed the game has performed so well that Guerrilla Games are currently building a story expansion, which we may well see at E3 if any of it is up to the same standard as the main game.
Shawn Layden discussed the fact that nearly 1 million copies of Horizon: Zero Dawn were sold digitally, saying that it shows that smaller studios are able to produce top quality games. He went on to say that the digital games market allows studios to more easily put their game out there for players to find, and it has a huge impact on the sales of DLC.
Layden also went on to talk about the console that Horizon: Zero Dawn has been the poster game for, the Playstation 4 Pro. Sony’s newer version of the Playstation 4 packs more power and better visuals. Horizon: Zero Dawn is still one of the only games built from the ground up to utilise all that the Playstation 4 Pro has to offer, and that’s why it is one of the only games to come with the console in retail bundles. Around 40 percent of the recorded sales of Playstation 4 Pros so far have been from consumers upgrading from their Playstation 4 consoles, which Layden attributes to future proofing much like consumers who purchase new models of mobiles phones every year.