A PC release of PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn could be on the cards, as a listing for the game has popped up on Amazon.fr. The page has since been removed, but could we be about to see an official announcement, or is this a ghost in Amazon’s machine?
Amazon France is listing Horizon: Zero Dawn for PC, published by Sonyhttps://t.co/uu5hTZjQPk
(The game's anniversary is on February 28) pic.twitter.com/AlthmPmUCn
— Nibel (@Nibellion) February 26, 2020
It certainly adds to the rumours circulating from earlier this year, where industry insiders suggested that this would be happening. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has delivered many scoops over the years and seemed pretty confident when reporting on it back in January.
He said at the time:
This news comes from three people familiar with Sony’s plans, all speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to press. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Oh, and he obviously tweeted in response to Nibellion’s discovery:
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 26, 2020
If this does come to pass, this would be an almost unprecedented move from Sony, but would be an interesting way for them to test the waters. Their arch rival Microsoft has already re-embraced the PC as of a few years ago, and now brings all their major first party exclusives to both console and PC at the same time.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Sony published PlayStation exclusives arrive on PC, though that has always involved external studios. Quantic Dream has recently split off from Sony after rounding out their multi-game partnership, bringing Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human to the Epic Games Store. However, the studio is now fully independent and committed to multi-platform development.
Similarly, while Kojima Productions signed an exclusivity deal with Sony for the development of their first game Death Stranding, they signed and announced that the game would be heading to PC in 2020, almost on the eve of its PC release.
Horizon Zero Dawn coming to PC would be a real first and perhaps signal a shift in Sony’s strategy going forward. It could certainly help them to make more money off some of their biggest hits, especially during the transition from PS4 to PS5 eras. No doubt The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima will sell millions of copies, but why not bring them to PC a little down the line to help support their console business as the PS5 is ramping up?