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Horizon Zero Dawn producer snaps back at PC port critics

Published: 15:21, 11 March 2020
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Horizon Zero Dawn - “Aloy responds to weather in a natural way, and as this image shows if can fill you with a feeling of wonder. Beautiful use of depth of field, and the right time of day for the lighting.”

We suppose a certain dose of outrage over Horizon Zero Dawn's PC was not only possible - it was expected, especially knowing how well-guarded Sony's in-house exclusives have been so far. Some fans took it too far, which made producer Sam Sharma pose a really interesting question.

Many of Sony's third-party exclusives have begun crossing over to PC, some of them taking entire dev catalogues with them. In-house ones, on the other hand, stay in-house. Or at least they did. Until Horizon Zero Dawn.

So, Horizon Zero Dawn coming to PC really angered one fan, called it "decades thrown away" that are now "for nothing". 

Thankfully, Sharma finally said what many needed to hear. "We made a game, you enjoyed it. Now some more people get to enjoy it. And somehow that takes away from YOUR enjoyment?!", he tweeted. 

Indeed, if you take a stance whereby the exclusiveness of Sony's in-house produced games is the measure of dedication to customers, we see how you could find a way to get this outraged. 

That said, the fact that the gaming industry isn't always fun and games doesn't change the fact that it is. About fun. And games. And Horizon Zero Dawn, on whichever platform you choose. It' that simple. 

From the moneymaking side of things, it's too idealistic expecting for Sony to do a 180-degree turn and start porting in-house exclusives en masse. However, you can expect them to keep watch on how Horizon Zero Dawn does. You know, for future reference. 

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Horizon Zero Dawn - “Night time was designed as having a “long exposure” look, this image shows this off very well with a lot of range in lighting in combination with a great composition.”
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