Horizon Zero Dawn celebrated its second birthday today with this announcement: It has sold “well over” 10 million copies since its February 2017 launch, placing it in the company of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has also hit eight figures in sales in a similar time.
That is quite a return for Guerrilla Games, whose wagon had been hitched to a Killzone franchise that last published with the PlayStation 4’s launch. Horizon Zero Dawn is the Sony studio’s first new intellectual property since Killzone, though 2013’s Killzone: Shadow Fall did sell well (more than 2 million copies in its first two months).
On the PlayStation Blog, Guerrilla Games shared highlights from the game’s development and launch. Horizon Zero Dawn was first announced at E3 2015; Guerrilla began working on it back in 2011, and first mentioned the new project in 2014.
Horizon Zero Dawn was among our top 10 games of the year for 2017. Hermen Hulst, the managing director of Guerrilla Games, reminisced about attending the 2017 Game Developers Conference and waiting for its launch that Tuesday. When Guerrilla was back in San Francisco a year later, the game took Best Technology honors in the 2018 Game Developers Choice Awards.