Actor Janina Gavankar all but confirmed the existence of Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 at Star Wars Celebration. One of the biggest hits of 2017 was Horizon: Zero Dawn, a post-apocalyptic open-world survival game with awe-inspiring combat against robotic dinosaurs. The game was a critical and commercial hit, leading to an expansion later that year, The Frozen Wilds.
It’s been two years since Aloy’s debut adventure, and hype for a sequel is high. While nothing has been officially announced yet, it’s hard to imagine Sony refusing to move forward with a sequel to a game which sold over ten million copies; an impressive number, especially for a console exclusive.
At Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, actor Janina Gavankar allegedly leaked the existence of Horizon: Zero Dawn 2. Best known for her role as the lead character, Iden Versio, in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Gavankar also played a key role in The Frozen Wilds. In a (now deleted) Twitch clip from Star Wars Celebration, Gavankar chats with a fan who praises her work on Horizon: Zero Dawn, to which Gavankar replies, “Wait until you see the sequel! You’re gonna die.”
Now, it’s one thing for an actor to build hype for any project by teasing a sequel, but Gavankar goes one step further by teasing details. This certainly sounds less like empty hype and more like a genuine – if accidental – reveal of a project currently in development. Horizon: Zero Dawn made waves with its robo-dino action and provocative “futuristic cave man” storytelling, to say nothing of Aloy herself being one of 2017’s breakout characters. Despite releasing the same week as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn still held its own against one of the most hotly-anticipated games of the decade, and both titles went on to be tremendous successes.
What does the future hold for Horizon: Zero Dawn? Unless Janina Gavankar is wildly misinformed or flat-out lying (and there’s no reason to believe this to be the case), it’s looking likely that it’s only a matter of time before Horizon 2 makes its presence known to the gaming community. But when? In the past, E3 would have been an obvious contender, but with Sony making the unprecedented move to skip E3 2019, perhaps they’re saving it for one of their upcoming “State of Play” videos. It’s also possible that Sony is planning a big PlayStation Experience for 2019 (after skipping it in 2018), which would be a fitting venue to reveal a game as important as Horizon 2.
Perhaps the biggest question regarding Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 is whether the title is being planned for PlayStation 4 or the as-yet-unannounced PlayStation 5. If Janina Gavankar’s comments are anything to go by, we’ll find out for sure soon enough.