That’s according to a report by MP1ST, which VGC can corroborate via our own sources.
The updated version of the 2017 Guerrilla Games title will feature improved visuals to bring it up to par with this year’s sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, in the form of new character models, lighting and animations, it’s claimed.
In addition, it’s claimed the new version of Zero Dawn will add accessibility features, graphics modes and quality of life improvements to the gameplay itself.
VGC has asked SIE for comment on this story.
Re-releases of recent hit games aren’t a new trend for PlayStation: the platform holder has already released multiple remasters and remakes for PS5, including Spider-Man, Ghost of Tsushima, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us.
A PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn was released in 2020 with improved draw distance and higher framerates, but it mostly reused the assets and features from the PS4 version.
In addition, the MP1ST report claims that Guerrilla Games is currently working on a Horizon multiplayer game for PS5 and PC, which matches what VGC reported last year.
VGC understands that the studio has long intended to expand the Horizon series into the multiplayer space. Sources had previously told us that co-op was first planned for the original Horizon game but was ultimately scrapped so the development team could focus on other areas of the title.
Zero Dawn concept art that leaked online in 2014 – verified by VGC – even shows initial plans to have multiple players battle the game’s huge mechanical beasts, in a scenario similar to Capcom‘s Monster Hunter games.
Sources said that Sony had been keen to include co-op in the game’s sequel, Forbidden West, but Guerrilla decided to save the feature for a future project, which they believed would either be a standalone online spin-off, or Horizon 3.
SIE revealed in May that it’s launching a significant push into live service games, with 12 such titles planned to arrive by its fiscal year ending in March 2026.
In 2018 Guerrilla rehired game director Simon Larouche to work on an unannounced title, which is potentially related to a multiplayer project.
The designer has huge experience with multiplayer games, having directed Ubisoft’s popular eSports shooter Rainbow Six: Siege, as well as online modes for Guardians of the Galaxy, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Killzone 2.
Sony announced in May that it’s working on a TV adaptation of Horizon, which will be released on Netflix. The Umbrella Academy showrunner Steve Blackman is developing the show, based on the PlayStation franchise.