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Horizon Zero Dawn adds New Game Plus mode and ‘Ultra Hard’ difficulty

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Veteran players can unlock new gear, face paint and Focus customizations

Horizon Zero Dawn - Aloy wearing face paint in snowy mountains Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Guerrilla Games’ patch 1.30 for Horizon Zero Dawn is available to download today, introducing a “highly anticipated” New Game Plus mode.

“With New Game+ you will be able to relive the adventures of Aloy without losing your character progression and your collected inventory,” Guerrilla community manager Jeroen Roding related in a post on the PlayStation Blog. “You won’t be able to progress beyond the level cap of 50, but you can still collect XP during your adventure.”

When starting a New Game Plus run, players will be given the option to adjust the difficulty of their new playthrough, up to the brand new setting of “Ultra Hard.” In Ultra Hard games, machines will be smarter, have enhanced senses, and player health regeneration will be limited, as well as “other ... smaller tweaks.” After choosing Ultra Hard at the start of their run, players will not be able to reduce the difficulty during the game — so, machine-killers beware.

Regardless of difficulty, New Game Plus runs will unlock two new trophies for Horizon Zero Dawn, the ability to choose face paint and alternate Focus designs for the game’s lead character, Aloy, as well as advanced weaponry and armor for her — with price tags to match.

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Horizon’s first story DLC, “The Frozen Wilds,” was announced at E3 last month. It is expected to drop sometime later this year, and until then, New Game Plus will likely serve as a tempting way for fans to stay occupied.