As spotted by Redditor u/BongRippaTheSkeptic (the same user who noticed Bethesda hiring new folks to upscale production for The Elder Scrolls VI), one of the new job postings on the Guerrilla Games website included a Game Server Engineer, which could indicate a potential debut of online multiplayer to Horizon Zero Dawn 2.
The overview states that this role is to support the project “for an unannounced title”, which is very likely to be the upcoming sequel. Also, the job description states that one of the key responsibilities is to:
- “build a robust backend that can scale up to serve many concurrent users”;
- “work on systems like matchmaking, tournaments, clans and leaderboards”, and
- “integrate the game servers with the PlayStation Network and other third party services”, to name a few.
While the job description is very generic at first glance, the above phrases are major telltale signs that we could see an online multiplayer component in Horizon Zero Dawn 2. Whether or not we actually get that hinges on Guerrilla Games making an official announcement.
In other related news, it looks as though the first game could be coming to PC in the near future.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.