Killzone has been deleted (intentionally or unintentionally) from the list of first-party properties on the official PlayStation website, and that's worrying more than a few Killzone fans.
Developed by Guerrilla Games, the series is a sci-fi first-person shooter set in the 24th century, where a war rages between the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance and the Helghan Empire. It's not one of Sony's heavy-hitters, even though its sales statistics have been rather reliable, but it's still a good series of games and sometimes that's all a series needs to be. Entertaining enough so that you immerse yourself in a new world, with new characters, new powers, and the ability to make things go ka-plode.
Killzone Shadow Fall, the latest game that arrived as a launch title for the PlayStation 4, is one of the best-selling games for the platform and surpassed two million copies sold only months after its release. These aren't modest numbers, so you'd wonder why we've not seen or heard from the series since. Part of this is due to the incredible reception to Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a total 180 from Guerrilla Games. An open world, third-person RPG where a young woman fights robotic animals using the very same tech that they're made from? A recipe for success, evidently.
Horizon Forbidden West is on its way to the PlayStation 5 in 2021, continuing Aloy's journey into what remains of the western coast of the United States. At this point in time, Guerrilla Games is probably better known for Horizon than it is for Killzone, especially given the years that have elapsed without a new Killzone game. But, what has raised eyebrows is its omission from the list of titles from first-party developers on PlayStation's own website.
It's been a steadfast series for the PlayStation, from Killzone on the PlayStation 2, Killzone: Liberation on the PSP, Killzone: Mercenary on the Vita, etcetera. If there's been a PlayStation, there's been a Killzone game that accompanies it. It's like Nintendo forgetting to mention that Monolith Soft makes Xenoblade games on its list of first-party titles. It simply wouldn't be done.
Is this cause for concern? Honestly, I'm not sure at this point. It could be an oversight, but other studios list more than one IP in their short summaries, making Guerrilla Games stand out like a sore thumb. We'll keep you in the loop as and when we know more.
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