In a shocking move, Hermen Hulst, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios has announced that Guerilla Games’ widely-loved Horizon: Zero Dawn is getting a PC port this summer.
This is surprising, as the open-world game was made with investment from Sony to be a PlayStation exclusive. By making the jump to PC, Sony is setting themselves up to battle with Microsoft in a new field: cross-platform dominance.
The Future of Games Is Multiplatform
Microsoft is no stranger to their exclusives going to PC. Halo, the franchise that has long defined Xbox, is available on PC as the Master Chief Collection. Forza, Gears of War and Sea of Thieves, likewise, are all on “Games for Windows,” Microsoft’s own proprietary Windows storefront. This makes a lot of sense: Microsoft owns Windows, so why wouldn’t their library of games extend to that platform?
In Sony’s case, however, the move is surprising. The PS4 was far and away the most popular console of its generation, and Sony rode that popularity to bully game developers into not allowing cross-platform play, not releasing their games on other systems and generally acting as a complete standalone in the gaming landscape.
As such, the news that one of their best exclusives is no longer going to be bound to the PS4 is surprising.
Sony Is Easing in to the New Paradigm
Hulst, in an interview with the PlayStation Blog, explained the reasoning behind the move. “I can confirm that Horizon Zero Dawn is coming to PC this summer. There will be more information coming from Guerrilla, from the new studio directors [Michiel van der Leeuw, JB van Beek, and Angie Smets] pretty soon.”
“I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on.” For people who haven’t been invested in PlayStation, a number of huge games like God of War, the Uncharted series and The Last of Us would have passed them by.
Unlike Xbox, however, Sony says they don’t plan to blur the lines strongly between their consoles and PC. “And to maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC,” said Hulst, before adding “We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.”
While the news that Sony would keep making exclusives and not bring their biggest games to PC hardly puts our minds “at ease,” we’re still excited to see this masterpiece coming to even more fans.