With Guerrilla Games striking gold with Horizon Zero Dawn both commercially and critically, some people (including yours truly) have wonderered whether this is the end of the Killzone franchise given there’s no new announcements on whether there’s going to be a Killzone 5, and Guerrilla seemingly focusing on Horizon for the foreseeable future.
In an interview with Interactive, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Guerrilla Games’ Hermen Hulst was asked about the first-person shooter franchise, and while his answer isn’t a nail in the coffin for the Killzone franchise, it’s not exactly reassuring, either.
While Horizon Zero Dawn has been tremendously successful in a relatively short amount of time, there are many Killzone fans that have enjoyed Guerrilla’s work for more than a decade. Should they be worried about the company’s focus going with the new IP?
I get asked that question a lot through Twitter and other social media channels. It’s really heartwarming to hear that there’s such a strong appetite from the loyal Killzone fanbase. It’s a franchise and universe that we still love with a passion at Guerrilla. It hasn’t been easy doing something so completely different. Whether or not we’ve put a permanent period behind the series, it’s too early to make announcements on that. All I can say is that we’ve always loved the Killzone universe and the Killzone series, and we still do. We share that passion for the game with a lot of our fans.
Does this mean the Killzone franchise is on ice? Maybe, maybe not. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Horizon Zero Dawn 2 before Killzone 5. And with how awesome Horizon has been, I doubt most people would complain about it, either.
Do you want Guerrilla to make another Killzone or should the studio pour all resources into Horizon Zero Dawn’s follow up?