It looks like Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided to make Horizon Zero Dawn a trilogy, according to the latest reports. We already got confirmation through one of the voice actresses of the original that we were going to get a proper sequel, which is currently in the works. Although we don't know what level the production is at. Usually, you don't hear much about a trilogy until a company gets around to actually finishing the first sequel so you actually have something to build a trilogy off of. But it looks like Sony will be doing things a little bit differently this time. According to Video Games Chronicle, multiple sources have informed them that the company has penned a new deal with developer Guerrilla Games to make a third installment of the franchise. Here's a snippet from the article about what's happening with the current sequel.
Horizon Zero Dawn 2 is said to be 'gigantic' in scope with a larger game world and more freedom to explore it than in its predecessor. People with knowledge of the game also indicated the inclusion of a co-op feature, although it's not clear if this is delivered via the main story or a separate mode. At one point Guerilla was planning to release a standalone co-op game preview, with progress carrying over to the later, full version of Zero Dawn 2, one person involved told VGC. However, it's not clear if these plans are still in place. Co-op is a feature Guerrilla has long intended to introduce to the series, and it's understood PlayStation was equally keen to see online functionality implemented in the sequel.
It would be nice to get more info on when we can expect to see the second game before Sony starts signing deals for a third one. Especially since we live in a world where there's no guarantee that the second one will be a success. Well, let's be honest, it probably will be a success just on hype alone. Here's hoping in the weeks ahead we get more info about the deal and if a date might leak for the current game in production.