On the cusp of E3 2015, Sony has surprisingly been able to keep virtually all of its secrets under wraps, something that can’t be said for most of the other presenters scheduled for E3 week appearances. With the exception of rumors that Mark Cerny is helping to finish The Last Guardian, only already confirmed games such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End are known factors for Sony’s press conference.
However, recent domain name registrations for something called Horizon by Sony studio and Killzone developer Guerrilla Games opens the door for the possibility of an exciting brand new IP reveal to take place during the event. Overall, three domain names were registered: HorizonTheGame.com, HorizonTheGame.net, and HorizonTheGame.org. This registration took place in March, so Guerrilla has been preparing to reveal this project for some time now.
This isn’t the first information about the next mysterious new project from Guerrilla Games, however. Last year, a number of leaked concept art images surfaced online for the game known as Horizon, showcasing brightly colored characters decked out with a variety of unique armor and weapons, traveling through a strange world of floating rock formations, robotic dinosaurs, and more.
Sony has admitted that they have a sparse lineup for the PS4 in 2015, and while it’s unlikely that Horizon (or whatever it ends up being called) would end up releasing by the end of the year, it would at least show PS4 users that Sony still has plenty of first-party content on the way for 2016 and beyond. That being said, Guerrilla has consistently put out a new game every two years since 2009 when Killzone 2 launched on the PS3, so it’s certainly not impossible.
For those unfamiliar, Guerrilla Games has worked on the Killzone franchise since 2004 when the series debuted on PS2. Since then, they have put out a spinoff and three sequels, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, which was Sony’s premiere PS4 launch title. Guerrilla continued to support Killzone: Shadow Fall long after its launch, even adding 4-player co-op functionality to the game.
Considering Guerrilla’s past with Killzone and E3, unfortunately, if Horizon does indeed debut at this year’s E3 event, viewers may want to take any footage seen with a grain of salt. The original trailer for Killzone 2 showed off astonishingly good graphics, but the final product, while still extremely good looking, didn’t even come close to what was shown at E3. More recently, Killzone: Shadow Fall was said to support 1080p resolution at E3, but the final version of the game didn’t, in a technical sense. This resulted in a lawsuit that was later dismissed, but it stands as another example where Guerrilla wasn’t completely honest about the graphical power of one of their games.
The game currently known as Horizon has no known release date or concrete information, but there’s a decent chance that it could enjoy its official unveiling tomorrow during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference.