Horizon Zero Dawn is getting an official board game, it was announced at Gen Con 2018. Steamforged Games, whose previous works include Dark Souls: The Board Game, Resident Evil 2: The Board Game and Guild Ball, will be handling development. Just like those two games, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game will be up for funding on Kickstarter by the end of the year.
Development on Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game supposedly began over two years ago, before the video game had been released. Steamforged has been working directly with Sony and Guerrilla Games to create the game, which will be canon; members of Guerrilla Games have apparently been referring to Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game as "the next Horizon Zero Dawn game".
Narratively, the game will take place following the events of Horizon Zero Dawn and its Frozen Wilds DLC. Actual details are sparse right now, as the game is yet to even begin its Kickstarter funding phase, but we know it'll be a co-operative hunting game with some light competitive elements. Event cards are a part of play, too, and include main characters such as Aloy who can be encountered along the players' journey.
According to IGN, a session of the Horizon: Zero Dawn board game is expected to take around an hour and a half to two hours, with each play session encompassing five hunts which increase in difficulty. Players pick a class, then swap weaker cards for stronger ones through hand management in order to face a "boss" creature at the end of a session. There will be miniatures, as well as a board, which will be modular, allowing the game's geography to morph and change according to what fights demand.
Steamforged also released a couple of renders to go along with the game's announcement. One render depicts a Scrapper robot, while the other is of a hunter belonging to one of the game's tribes.
Steamforged will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game later this year and will be working closely with the game's community to gauge what needs to be added or changed as production goes on.
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