Horizon Zero Dawn surpasses 7.6 million sales worldwide ahead of its 1st birthday

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Horizon Zero Dawn surpasses 7.6 million sales worldwide ahead of its 1st birthday

Guerrilla celebrates with massive PlayStation Store discounts, free avatars and Photo Mode theme

It’s hard to believe that a full year has passed since we released Horizon Zero Dawn. The old adage “time flies when you’re having fun” certainly rings true for us – these last 12 months have been an absolute blast, thanks in no small part to the terrific response from our fan community.

And yet, so much has happened that the actual launch of Horizon Zero Dawn sometimes feels like a distant memory.

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The positive critical reception; the explosive rise of fan artists, cosplayers and Photo Mode experts; the rollout of patches containing new functionality; the release of The Frozen Wilds and the Complete Edition; the various awards and honours bestowed on Horizon Zero Dawn and its creators. All of these occurred in such rapid succession that we’re still trying to wrap our heads around them.

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The latest news to reach us is that Horizon Zero Dawn has sold more than 7.6 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling new first-party franchise launch on PlayStation 4 as of 28th February. To quote Guerrilla’s co-founder and managing director, Hermen Hulst:

“We had huge ambition for Horizon Zero Dawn and as we approached the launch we knew people were excited, but to see sales of this volume is truly mind blowing. Since launch, millions of players have joined Aloy on a quest to discover the secrets of the old ones. We hope they enjoy playing Horizon Zero Dawn as much as we enjoyed making it.”

To which we can only add: thank you, dear fans. The past year ranks as one of the greatest in our studio’s 18-year history, and your unwavering devotion to and evangelism for Horizon Zero Dawn helped make that happen.

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Obviously, we can’t let a milestone like this go by uncelebrated. We have several things planned for the coming week that we hope you’ll enjoy, including (but not limited to):

Free Horizon Zero Dawn PS4 avatar bundle and Photo Mode Theme

Available tomorrow as free downloads from PlayStation Store, we’ve created a bundle of PS4 avatars of all your favourite Horizon Zero Dawn characters, as well as a PS4 theme containing some of the most stunning fan-made Photo Mode snaps out there.

‘Inventing Instruments for Horizon Zero Dawn’ video

The Horizon Zero Dawn score continues to garner accolades, most recently winning Best Main Theme in the VGMO Annual Game Music Awards. But there’s more to the soundtrack than mood music, as music supervisor Lucas van Tol explains in this behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Horizon Zero Dawn’s in-world (or ‘diegetic’) music.

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PlayStation Gear store promo

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From 1st to 11th March, the PlayStation Gear store will be offering anniversary discounts on the following Horizon Zero Dawn merchandise:

  • Collector’s vinyl soundtrack (40%)
  • Metal prints (35%)
  • Hoodies (30%)
  • Snapback (30%)
  • Strategy guide (30%)
  • Framed prints (25%)
  • Mugs (25%)
  • POP! Vinyls (25%)
  • Artbook (20%)
  • Painted Aloy Navy T-shirt (20%)
  • Storm Bringer Grey T-shirt (20%)
  • Keychain (15%)

…and more!

Stay tuned to PlayStation Blog and Guerrilla’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts for more Horizon Zero Dawn one year anniversary goodness!

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  • i really hope by 2020 this thing will be over and forgotten so guerellia can go back to doing what they do best: bad first person shooters that end up for 3.99 on the PSN store.

    • If Killzone shadow fall had the same ridiculous amount of promotion then it probably would have sold this many too…

    • @MiseryPrincess Of course it wouldn’t…? KZ Shadow Fall was just another standard FPS with a mediocre campaign and OK multiplayer in a time where people are bored of the genre. In a time of oversaturation where the the only FPS that sell well are the big franchises, COD and Battlefield. KZ SF was literally pitched as the PS4’s ‘killer app’ which is about as big as marketing gets.

      On the other hand, Horizon Zero Dawn went down a less generic path with far more quality content. As far as action RPGs go, Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best and most accessible made yet. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad Sony lets people try new things instead of rehashing the same tired concepts.

    • Good point. Have people forgotten about the tsunami of FPS games that came out on PS3, because they were all trying to replicate the success of Call of Duty 4 back then? At least Guerrilla were given the chance to take a few risks, and not just take the easier option to go straight onto Killzone 5. It looks like it has paid off for them, since there are even rumours Microsoft wants their own Horizon Zero Dawn style game now.

    • Not really. Killzone wasn’t ever really pushed as that, there were bigger games at the time, such as inFamous Second Son, Drive Club and a few others. It got used for a few screenshots and was occasionally mentioned but that was it.

      There was no weekly/daily featurettes (there’s been over 40 articles about this game here, there was only 5 for KZF, mostly about the map releases). No generic sountrack released on tape. No being plastered over the store page basically non stop since announcement until over a year later.

      It’s basically like how Lords of the Fallen is to Dark Souls, but to Monster Hunter. Generic protagonist, generic plot, huge focus on boring dialog, simplified gameplay, single player only. If they reworked this title, removing the focus on “plot” and instead put it on gameplay, expanded the gameplay to make it more diverse (more playstyles) and added a character maker it would be much better. I do not give a single crap about this characters “story” or “struggles”. That seems to be all they care about.

    • If you don’t give a crap about the character’s story then the game is not for you, it’s as simple as that. You are clearly not the target audience for Horizon Zero Dawn. The whole point of the game is that it’s a story-driven single-player game with a focus on plot. If that’s not what you want in a game then just move on, rather than complaining in a comments section for a game you don’t like.

      Find something else to play instead of expecting games to change to suit you, at the expense of the people who do care about Aloy’s story and enjoy the focus on the plot. Games don’t have to be everything for everyone. Game studios are allowed to make other games and not just stick to one series all the time. It’s not exactly a secret either, that Sony were hoping Horizon Zero Dawn would be a big exclusive new IP for PS4.

    • Killzone was a response to the huge success of Halo. Firstly on the ps2 which was very underpowered and then on PS3. And whilst the Killzones on that system were good they just didn’t fire up the public’s imagination as Modern Warfare came in and pretty much destroyed all before it.

  • What about some “massive store discounts” on something useful… like the game itself perhaps???

  • As much as I love Killzone I cannot disagree with your comment enough. I want more new IP’s from Guerilla and definitely more Aloy. They are gonna need a bigger team.

    • 1 bilion people on the picture aint enuff

    • I think they should do both. Make another Killzone next and then do something different again, and so on… Hermen Hulst already stated that there’s still hope for more Killzone, as they obviously love the series (it pretty much put them on the map). Also, Shadow Fall would be a horrible ending to an otherwise brilliant series. I always loved it as there aren’t a whole lot of high quality multiplayer shooters on console.

  • Any discounts on the complete edition?

    I did do a playthrough last year but I didn’t think the game was anything special but it looked nice, wouldn’t mind trying again with all the dlc etc

  • If Guerilla are to release a second entry to this franchise (and they should!), they should just keep the exact same open world and add a brand new story that revolves around Cilens. It was so vast that it would be such a shame to scrap it.

    • That you’d gladly pay full price for what would essentially be story DLC is astounding, while I agree that Guerilla did an amazing job with HZD’s world, they had damn well better build a new one if they plan on sticking a 2 at the end of the title.

  • I almost missed this game because i never liked killzone. It is the best game i have played in years. Awesome sequels to some of my favourite games like persona 5, lets golf, injustice 2 and FF15 are gathering dust because my, albeit limited, gaming time is taken playing this game. It doesnt even require any skinner box stuff like borderlands 2 and destiny to keep me playing. I have all the weapons and all the armour i need and i keep playing. Brilliant stuff.

  • Good game & deserves the praise, heres hoping for a even better sequel.

  • Big thanks from Czech Republic for the Playstation.Gear discounts. We REALLY appreciate them here.

  • Amazing game amazing world , i want a new one but on the old people who died back in time

  • Comment obtenir l’avatar platine ? J’ai eu le trophée platine mais pas l’avatar

  • So much for “games with female leads don’t sell”. What’s the excuse for not giving these games a fair chance going to be now I wonder?

  • As we all know, nowadays nobody buys single player games, people are not interested in new IP’s and big games without microtransactions cannot be profitable. Oh, waaait a minute…

  • Technically amazing, most beautiful graphics on a game to date, amazing deep story, perfect gameplay plus stunning art design and visuals. I could go on and on about how good HZD is, it was goty 2017 and them selling close to 8m copies is a testament to the quality of this game.


    Halo 5 sold 5m copies since 2015.

    Super Mario Odyssey sold 7m copies since 2017.

    This should give you an idea of good the sales numbers are for HZD, a game noone has ever heard of before sells better than a mario game.

    Congrats Guerilla!

    • I agree with Halo, but Mario Odyssey will sell a mountain more for the foreseeable future. It’s sales numbers are only held back by hardware sales to this point. It surpassed over 9m in January too btw, not to mention it’s only been out 4 months whereas HZD has been out for a year.

      10% of the PS4 userbase is not that great IMO.

    • Let’s be honest Guerilla has the same reputation as Naughty Dog and SuckerPunch is heading this same direction, they can all put out a brown paper and it will sell (deservedly so) they’ve earned the “right” to not only sell well but to be packed in as they make system sellers.

    • Still pretty good for a new IP though. Halo 5 is probably being held back in sales by being an Xbox One exclusive, when most Xbox 360 users switched to PS4.

  • Am I the only person that thinks this was one of the most overrated games of last year? I tried persevering with it, because I bought it digitally, but I just give up in the end as I wasn’t enjoying playing it. Didn’t like the story, characters and the interactions were a bit robotic at times.

    Looks unreal in 4K checkerboard and a great first stab at an RPG from Guerrilla but I can’t see why it’s held in such high regard.

    Before the fanboys flame me, it’s an opinion!

    • That’s fair enough. At least you gave it a chance. No game can be for everyone.

    • I don’t think anyone will “flame” you for giving it a fair chance. No one can like everything. At least you’re not insisting Guerrilla should remove everything you don’t like, and then turn it into a completely different game.

  • Suppose so. I’m not saying it’s a bad game, I just didn’t particularly like it and think it’s overrated as far as RPGs go. It didn’t suck me into the world, in the way that games from Bethesda, Square Enix and Nintendo do. Perhaps it’s unfare to compare it to offerings from the masters of the genre. I certainly appreciate the technical achievement by Guerrilla.

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