Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the finest PlayStation exclusives in recent years and in just seven days time (November 7th) the first DLC expansion will release just in time to spoil the Xbox One X party.
This morning Daily Star Online had the chance to take a behind closed doors look at some new gameplay from the upcoming expansion together with the Guerrilla Games team.
Despite only 8 months passing since the games initial release, Guerilla has prepared a rather substantial DLC offering.
Guerrilla confirmed that players can expect “at least 15 hours of additional content” through the expansion, and “a lot” of side quests on top of the main quest, however, that is merely the tip of the Frozen Wilds iceberg.
The Frozen Wilds DLC will also feature a brand new ‘posed’ Photo mode and in the example we saw Aloy was on the floor, making snow angels.
The developers have also revealed that they’ve added a new skill tree, adding plenty of new abilities while mounted.
This includes smaller abilities such as being able to forage while mounted, to more elaborate features such as a dismount strike that will see Aloy catapult into the air off the mount before delivering a powerful blow to any machine.
Frozen Wilds new content marks a fantastic new add-on for the game, but equally, it’s promising to overhaul the main game as well.
Take a look at some new Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds images in the gallery below
How Frozen Wilds Impacts the larger world
Rather than having The Frozen Wilds as specific endgame DLC content, Guerilla has designed it to run alongside the main quest line of Horizon Zero Dawn.
We’re told that you’re able to access it relatively early on, although whether you’ll want to is another story altogether since it’s designed as mid-to-end game levels of difficulty.
This means that in theory players could tackle parts of The Frozen Wilds and then take those extra abilities and equipment back into the main quest line should they so decide.
We’re also told that the expansion has far improved mo-cap and animation, but unfortunately, this isn’t a game wide update, and players will only notice these improvements in The Frozen Wilds content.
Finally, for those who need reminding, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds is available November 7th, priced £19.99
HORIZON: ZERO DAWN – THE FROZEN WILDS – WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds is an expansion for Horizon Zero Dawn that takes place in the Cut, a boreal wasteland to the north that separates the Banuk homelands from the rest of the world,” explained Jeroen Roding Community Manager at Guerrilla.
“It is a place where none but the most skilled hunters dare venture, and those that do must survive against dangerous new machines and freezing temperatures.
The latest trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds (above) highlights some of the environments you will explore in this expansion, including Banuk camps, frozen lakes, icy caves and more.
This expansion will be launching on November 7th (ironically the release date for Xbox One X) and anyone who pre-orders the DLC will receive an exclusive PS4 avatar.
Guerilla Games remarkable adventure was first released earlier this year, selling an incredible 2.6 million copies in the space of two weeks.
And next month, on November 7th just in time to spoil Microsoft’s Xbox One X party, PS4 fans of the game will have a whole new outing to embark on with the release of the snowy ‘The Frozen Wilds’ expansion.
However, if for some ungodly reason you’ve avoided the game up until now, or simply not found time to jump in, it could be worth waiting until December, when Sony will release the Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Collection.
As you can imagine, it includes both the original game and the upcoming DLC. In addition, The Complete Collection will also include all the bonus content from the game’s Digital Deluxe Edition.
That means players will also get their hands on the Art of Horizon: Zero Dawn digital art book, an exclusive PS4 theme, the Carja Storm Ranger outfit and Mighty Bow, the Banuk Trailblazer outfit and Culling Bow, the Banuk Traveller Pack, the Carja Trader Pack, and the Nora Keeper Pack.
That’s a lot of content!
When Dailystar.co.uk had time to review the game earlier this year we said it was “breathtaking, thrilling and without question, the strongest original first-party exclusive the PS4 era has yielded to date.”