Guerrilla Games' first new series since Killzone begins in a world after the end of modern civilization. A "darkness" has swept the land and left cities barren. After over a thousand years, remaining humans migrated like their ancestors to the far reaches of the Earth. In this world, skyscrapers stand as ancient ruins and robotic creatures roam the land like prehistoric beasts.
The player takes on the role of a young woman named Aloy who hunts these robots, using a combination of a spear and a bow with many kinds of arrows. Arrows shown include electric shots and grappling lines to tie down larger robots. She appears to be gathering materials for the people of her community.
Elsewhere in the land where nature has reclaimed most of the world, some large cities have arisen with people acting again like "kings."
The main character says that the balance between AI and people cannot remain, but she "will be ready" for the coming challenges.
The game was shown for the first time at Sony's E3 2015 Press Conference.
The Collector's Edition of Horizon: Zero Dawn includes: