There are some obvious similarities between The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Horizon Zero Dawn. Both titles feature heavily refined, in-depth open world content that create rich, interesting environments, and both have garnered critical praise for advancing the RPG genre into the future. Both games also feature experienced hunters with a fondness for muttering to themselves over mysteries and saving hapless citizens from unspeakable horrors, and developers CD Projekt Red and Guerrilla Games have shared images of Geralt and Aloy working together repeatedly as both studios congratulate each other on jobs well done.
Now, however, the cosplay world is getting involved, and the results have been spectacular. Cosplayers lynnjisr and vegacosplay were snapped recreating some of the art the studios had shared, and CD Projekt Red decided to share the results on Twitter:
This is EPIC @Guerrilla!
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) April 8, 2017
Before that, another Twitter user shared the cosplaying duo recreating one of the more humorous crossover pieces available, featuring the normally stony Geralt leaping for joy to celebrate with Aloy, presumably over a hybrid monster/machine hunt ending in success:
— Maha Dahlan (@IAmMimzicle) April 8, 2017
Both CD Projekt Red and Guerrilla Games wholeheartedly embraced the crossover, sharing their praise on Twitter as well. Horizon Zero Dawn‘s critical success was likely at least partially influenced by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt creating a more receptive market to well-crafted open world RPGs, so it makes sense that both studios are friendly competitors who want to see each other succeed.
While Horizon Zero Dawn is still celebrating its post-launch success and gearing up for whatever DLC releases Guerrilla Games has in store, CD Projekt Red has officially moved on from The Witcher series for now as the studio has begun focusing on its Cyberpunk 2077 project. Although there isn’t a lot currently known about the new game, CD Projekt Red has certainly caused a lot of hype about the title so far – key members of the development team have already stated that Cyberpunk 2077 will be bigger than The Witcher 3, a game that already took over a hundred hours to complete.
We’ll likely never see Aloy and Geralt actually meet in any game given their respective universes, but these crossovers are a nice way to acknowledge two of gaming’s greatest hunters. That being said, however, Cyberpunk 2077 certainly has a lot of technology present within it – we wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few Horizon Zero Dawn Easter eggs present once CD Projekt Red is finished the game’s development.
Source: VG 24/7