Horizon: Zero Dawn originally came out 2 years ago and its expansion, The Frozen Wilds was released later that year. Since then, developer Guerilla Games has been quiet about what they have been working on. Based on the reception of Horizon: Zero Dawn, everyone assumed that a sequel would be coming and now it seems that Guerilla Games has confirmed the development of a Horizon: Zero Dawn sequel with a number of new job listings that were published recently.
While there were many different listings, the one that is catching everyone’s attention is the title of Technical Vegetation Artist. The reason that this particular job is gaining a lot of attention is the description of the job. The Technical Vegetation Artist focuses on “the creation of vegetation assets that are used to dress the game world.” The job is a part of the Environment Art Team which the developer explains “within Guerilla, we have four teams dedicated to creating the stunning environments of Horizon. One team focuses on the creation of lush and stunning vegetation. We build these 3D models from scratch, so our world dressing teams can deliver our immersive world with industry-benchmark graphics.” Other recent job openings include Principal Animator For Living World, Principal Cinematic Animator, Technical Cinematic Animator, Senior Rendering Engineer, Senior Cinematic Animator, and more.
In other Guerilla Games related news, there has been a major shakeup within Sony Worldwide Studios as there has been a change in leadership effective immediately. Shuhei Yoshida is leaving his position as President to focus on a “new initiative that will look after and nurture external, smaller independent studios.” Stepping into the role of President is Guerilla Games’ Managing Director and Co-Founder Herman Hulst. This is not the only change we’ve seen in PlayStation as recently, Gio Corsi, Head of Global Second Party Games left the company. Earlier in the year, PlayStation announced that Chairman of Sony Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden is departing the company as well. The changes are part of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s restructuring ahead of the launch of PlayStation 5 which will release Holiday 2020.