Guerrilla Games has released a new trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn (embedded below), giving fans a glimpse into the background and motivating forces of the game’s story for the first time.

Beginning with Aloy waking in the aftermath of a massacre, the footage reveals that the protagonist begins her quest in an attempt to discover who attacked her tribe. To do so, she travels beyond the lands of her people to a city called Meridian, where she enlists the help of the chief.

The game’s villains remain unidentified, referred to only as “men in masks,” unearthing buried and long-forgotten machines for apparently nefarious purposes. These machines seem to be the source of the “corruption,” seemingly a virus through which the mech-animals of Horizon’s world can be controlled.

Little more is revealed, although the trailer does provide one of the best looks yet at the techno-tribalism aesthetic that Guerrilla Games is aiming for, alongside some fantastic vistas that showcase snowy mountains, misty plains, and spectacular cityscapes.

Brief snippets of gameplay are included, but the ability to tether enemies to the ground, ride beasts, and the presence of stealth mechanics have all been shown before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRQDqurZJNk

Although this new trailer makes some story elements more clear, it also adds to the mystique of the game by failing to provide more details. Fusing spectacle with the promise of meditative quiet, the footage captures a myriad of emotions that should make Horizon: Zero Dawn into one of 2017’s most interesting titles.

Indeed, the game was recently selected as one of OnlySP’s most anticipated of 2017, and plenty more details about the gameplay and history of the projects can be found in our preview.

Horizon: Zero Dawn will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4, and is set to release on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe.

Damien Lawardorn
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