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Horizon Zero Dawn gets easier ‘Story Mode’ difficulty

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A new patch for Horizon Zero Dawn aims to make the game accessible to more players. As part of a patch, players will now have access to a new, easier difficulty setting that allows them to focus more on the game’s story and exploration than on combat and survival.

The aptly named Story Mode difficulty “boosts the player-inflicted damage and reduces the player-received damage considerably, making the combat encounters manageable for less experienced players,” Guerrilla Games community manager Jeroen Roding wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

“It is our hope that the new difficulty setting will help us welcome more players into Aloy’s quest to discover her identity and the mysteries of the world she inhabits,” Roding said.

Patch 1.32 follows the recent release of another difficulty setting for Horizon Zero Dawn: Ultra Hard. Guerrilla gave players the option to fight against smarter, tougher enemies in Horizon Zero Dawn with patch 1.30 in July.

The game’s latest patch also fixes a handful of bugs, which you can read about in Guerrilla’s patch notes.