Killzone Is (Almost) Five!

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November 26 will be a very special day for all of us here at Guerrilla. On that day, exactly five years ago, the very first Killzone title for PlayStation 2 hit the shelves in Europe. Sure, the game had already been released in the US three weeks prior, but hey… Guerrilla is based in the Netherlands. We commemorate the 26th, because that’s the date that we were finally able to see the fruits of our labor in Dutch stores.


Of course, it would be a shame to leave this occasion unmarked – and I’m not talking about the champagne and strange Dutch snacks we’ll undoubtedly be having at the studio. We also want to celebrate it with you, the fans. After all, the Killzone brand wouldn’t be where it is today without your support. So here’s what we have in store for you over the next few days:

  • Looking back at Killzone 1
    Later this week on, Seb “Motherh” Downie and I are going to play through the first Killzone game for you. We’ll be commenting on our favourite sections and wallowing in beer-induced nostalgia.
  • DLC download code giveaway
    Haven’t checked out the Killzone 2 DLC map packs yet? You’re in luck, because Guerrilla is having a DLC download code giveaway. Keep a close eye on this week for full details!
  • Killzone 2 retro tournament
    This weekend (November 27-30) Guerrilla will host a Killzone 2 retro tournament, using only the Beach Head and Southern Hills maps from the second DLC pack. And there’s more to be gained than valor alone, because…
  • Double XP Weekend returns
    …the tournament will take place during a Double XP Weekend! Just like last time, any game created in the weekend of November 27-30 will yield extra XP to help you boost your ranking.
  • Killzone 1 and 2 side-by-side editor Victor Zuylen will compare various features of Killzone 2 with its predecessor next week, illustrating exactly how far we’ve come since the first Killzone game was released.
  • [Update] Killzone 2 DLC Price Promotion
    Between the 3rd and 17th of December there will be a price drop on the Retro Map Pack (from €5.99 to €2.99) and the Map Pack Bundle (from €11.99 to €9.99).

I hope you’ll join us in celebrating the fifth anniversary of Killzone! In the meantime, I’m going to put on my Top Hits of 2004 album and try to remember how I partied five years ago.

Eric out.

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  • Well not exactly out! I will be here for a while answering any questions or comments you might have! So bring it on! :)

  • Good time for a remake ;)

  • Great! Love killzone 2! I think no game matches it in any way, what is your fave level?

  • Loved the first killzone! played it many times mostly with Rico (badass gun :D) or Jan templar!
    then totally loved killzone liberation, perfect portable version!

    but Killzone 2 wasn’t that superb (my opinion!) it wasn’t bad offcourse but I’ve only finished it once and hadn’t any “connexion” with the game like killzone (& liberation).

    But it’s great to see you’re supporting the game once more!

  • I still dont have killzone, but it looks realy nice!

  • I loved Killzone 1 and still occasionally stick it on now.
    A remake would be all manner of awesome though.

    Do you guys have any plans for a new PSP title?

  • DLC download code giveaway?!?!

    W00t! I got the first two DLC packs (and got a realy nice thank you present from GG for my HOME avatar), but never got the third =( I was considering getting it recently, so this will be a nice bonus if i can get one.

    Also 5 years? Christ, i didn’t think it was that long =X

  • I own all 3.
    I make love to all 3.
    Don’t judge.

    But seriously, Killzone games have to be my favourite FPS games, keep up the good work, GG!

  • KZ + KZ 2 + KZ 3 demo bundle for 2010?

  • Great news, hope I get me some DLC codes :D

    Keep up the good work KZ2 Guerrilla!

  • I would love to be able to play KZ on the PS3 like God of War :)

    Any chance of a HD remake?

  • “I would love to be able to play KZ on the PS3 like God of War”

    Great idea, please make this happen KZ dudes!

  • It’s ok Eric, Liberation is a digital copy. ;)

  • Aw! Double XP Weekend would had been great when I hit my 100K a few weeks ago.. but it’s ok, I still love KZ2. I’m definitely going to play this weekend… Happy 5th birthday KZ1 and congratulations Guerrilla for creating one of my favorite shooters of all time Killzone 2. I know “journalists” won’t consider KZ2 as GoTY, but for me and many FPS fans you guys are on the best.

  • WOW happy Birthday KILLZONE!!!! and well done everyone at GG for bringing the Killzone experience to us and inviting us to its Birthday :)

  • Happy Birthday Killzone!!

    PS: No little party event at the studio? I will be there :P

  • I, honest to god, think that you guys are one of the best studios here in Europe, and can’t express the amount of joy knowing you are under the Sony family, alongside Naughty Dog, Santa Monica, Evolution, London, Cambridge, Insomniac (Ya i know they are independent, but i really hope they all remain faithful to Sony platforms), Sucker Punch (Same as latter! :P), Zipper, Media Molecule… ETC..
    I still remember picking up the killzone cover issue of OPM back in 2003, and going berserk over the game! And then off to Liberation, and then the god like E3 trailer (which i personally thought you guys couldn’t match) but just went ahead and crushed every doubt in me to create one of the best and most beautiful FPS games ever, with wonderful multiplayer!
    I bow to you GG!!! You deserve the utmost best! Congrats guys!
    I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us (Be it KZ related or not!)

  • Congratulations!
    I need to start playing Killzone 2 again.

  • I like helghan industries, Great for search & destroy! and lots of places to hide for assasination :D Do you accept postal hampers? ;)

  • Killzone Liberation was my first acquaintance with the Killzone-universe. Killzone 2 has been my most played game on the PS3 so far; love the multiplayer, even though I have a long way to go still :)

    Congrats on the anniversary and send my regards to Steven ter H.

  • After my 2 years old 60GB ps3 YLOD i didn’t have the chance to buy the i have the PS3 Slim and can get into this game once again.
    The more i play other shooters (Modern Warfare 2 included) the more i want to play KIllzone 2..i don’t know.I loved the first one…it’s probably LOVE.

    I’m just sad that a lot of people didn’t get this game, It deserves WAYYYY more attention…

    Guerrila matched my expectations with this game.IF, one day, i got to be a programmer in the gaming industry, I wouldn’t mind working with you guys !! ^_^

    Is it going to be a lower price for the map packs just for this KZ birthday?

    Keep up the awesome work !!

  • Congrats to Killzone! KZ2 is still propably my favourite game this generation. You guys did an amazing job on it.

  • Gelukkige verjaardag, Killzone… and many happy returns to come!

  • beer will do just fine (jupiler please :P)
    but don’t get me wrong, I love the game a bit but not as much as KZ1 and liberation ;)

    Oh and reading about a KZ1 remake, PLEASE ask :d would be pretty sweet to play the first game again with hd gfx and trophies ( if the damn synch is fixed grrrr) :d

  • Happy Birthday, I loved all the KZ games and KZ2 is definite;y one of the best and most beatiful games I’ve ever played, you guys are awesome. I have all the DLC’s so I’ll be playing on the double XP weekend.

    Question though- What was your favourite and/or most challenging KZ game to make

    • Well Killzone 1 was challenging because it was all new for us as a company; we had so much to learn. KZ2 was a challenge because we had set such high requirements for ourselves to meet; we really had high ambitions. But I personally feel we delivered good games on both accounts!

  • No sale on our store for the DLC? :(
    Just when I thought you guys were being heroes for Europe for once…

  • A hamper is a package of goodies. Do you like chocolate? :P

  • Eric, you are a beautiful person bringing beautiful news.

    I notice you didn’t mention the map packs price drop here that the US store is getting. Is that coming our way too or was that their ‘concession’ on not getting the chance to enter the competition?


  • Love this game haven’t really played a lot since my 100k point run (400hrs to get 100k), but I jump on for a little bit almost every Friday for what my clan calls Killzone Friday every week. So double XP will mean more people on Killzone Friday for me to abuse.

    This game is in my all time favorite games since I can’t remember putting 400 hours into a game before.

    Can you expand on this tourney because if it takes place on Beach Head and Southern Hills I am very interested. Beach Head FTW

  • I love the first Killzone!
    It was diffrent than other shooters I played. No runing and shooting but watching corners, killing enemies one by one.
    TBH te 2nd dont suits me that much, but it’s still the great game!

  • i’d love to join in on the double Xp weekend but my PS3 just died of the YLOD and i can’t afford to get it replaced at the mo :(

    Hopefully you’ll be doing another one when KZ2 turns one?

  • Happy Birthday to the truly remarkable and exemplary team at GG! You guys simply never cease to amaze us with your phenomenal and ever-growing franchise: Killzone.

    Being a fan from the very first instants, i had submitted my online application to take part in the Kz2 Beta last fall in order to have the prestigious opportunity to play the game months prior to its official release. And i did get accepted, thanks to SCEE and GG! I truthfully could not describe how excited i was during the instants following the acceptance email i had received from SCE France. Soon after downloading the file from the Playstation Store and logging in to the servers, i joined my very first game. And the graphics took my breath away.

    After taking part in the beta and submitting my feedbacks on the forums, i eagerly awaited the release of Killzone2. {{Since i am bringing up the forums, I though of sincerely thanking once again Seb for being so active with the community since the beta-phase all the way until after release}} On February 25th, few hours after work, I rushed to my videogame store and picked up my copy. As soon as i came back home and inserted the disc, I was instantly submerged with epicness.

    Thank you.

  • The first Killzone was one of my few impulse buys, I really didn’t know much about the game and wasn’t much into FPS games… But I loved it, completed it several times and bought the sequel day one (steelbok version, kickass cover ;)).

    Happy birthday, Killzone! Can’t wait for unveiling of your next project, GG :)

  • What he said ^^


    Buy, that brings back memories :P

  • Well guys, I am sorry but I am gonna go join the festivities!

    I want to thank you all for being a great fan base, for all the kind words and for supporting Killzone and Guerrilla for all these years! We couldn’t have done it without you!!!!!

  • Are we finished totally with patches for KZ2 ??

    Just wondered if room for one little more to add the pSN ID status updates to it that lets others see what map, etc you are playing, or if you’re playing a single player game, etc.

    Simple but nice…..bit like me. :p

  • Hi Mr. Boltjes. Appreciate the comments. Posted on the US blog but I’ll ask here as well, any chance you’ll pop in and say hi on the NeoGAF KILLZONE 2 thread? :)

    Most popular KZ2 thread on the internet that’s for sure. And I, as I’m sure you’re well aware, am one of KZ2’s biggest fans.

    A LEGEND of the KZ2 community some might say… or not. :P

  • Oh KILLZONE 2 is definitely my Game of the Year.

  • You guys in querella i have question: when killzone 3 comes :D

  • w00t time for beer and the “Bitterballen” :D

  • I thing killzone 2 is the best game because it was my first ps3 game.

  • I love all the Killzone games. Played them to death. Makes me proud to be Dutch. Let’s eat cake together the 26th. I’m buying.

  • Any chance of taking off the ‘Copy Protect’ off the Killzone 2 save? I want to back-up my saves + if i get a PS3:Slim i want to move my old Killzone 2 save? Thanks ;)

  • Jongens echt goed gedaan! Gefeliciteerd met het 5 jarig bestaan van Killzone! Ik ben echt trots op zo’n geweldige game studio die in Nederland zit! :)

    Oké back to english now. Happy Birthday

  • i think i’ll be getting some split screen action on then with the original KZ, shame i can’t go online with it as it asks for a username and password long long forgotten.

    FYI: the original Killzone runs just fine on a launch 60Gb PS3 and in 1080p!! who’d have ever thought we’d have seem that five years ago?

  • Happy B.Day Killzone ! \m/

  • I never got a chance to play the original Killzone on PS2, but I love KZ2 on PS3 and it’s one of my 10 Platinum trophies too (probably the hardest one I’ve unlocked so far!). It might be time to revisit a bit of KZ2 multiplayer as it’s been a while, and I’ve still got some of the Map Pack trophies to unlock…

    How much disc space did the original game take up? Would a PSN remake with trophies and online play (like they have done with the original Call of Duty) be feasible? Hint Hint ;)

  • Any chance of getting those interactive automatic cross game invites which are available with the ps3 firmware as of recently..
    Was using them with mw2 and they are really really handy.
    Make psn and gaming with friends 100 times easier.

  • i have 3 questions to ask there gonna be a update to make the psn friends list like mw2 so you can join friends online and see if what maps they are on and stuff

    2. any word if the killzone 2 dlc is getting a price cut (but since sony has something against us europeans prolly not)

    3. are there gonna be any more dlc packs if there are could you make the trophies easyish to get

    and great work on the game guys

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