A few months ago, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they would like to expand the film and series cosmos with their own brands. Featuring a Netflix series based on the popular “Horizon” series, which consists of the popular action role-playing games “Horizon Zero Dawn” and “Horizon Forbidden West“ exists, a first series project was confirmed. Now, among other things, the name of the series has become known.
On the website of the “Directors Guild of Canada‘ an entry was made for the Netflix adaptation of the series, which goes by the name “Horizon 2074” is produced.
This entry also shows that production is progressing. Because there is already a crew together. Those responsible for the story in the series are still unknown, but there are already so-called location scouts who are looking for the filming locations. In general, the list shows that you are probably in pre-production, since trades are listed (from location scouts to art directors to accounting) that are already (and sometimes primarily or even exclusively) important at an early stage.
The Playstation titles “Horizon Zero Dawn” and “Horizon Forbidden West’ are set in a post-apocalyptic future, almost 1000 years after the collapse of human civilization. This world is populated by machine beings, most of whom exist in peaceful coexistence with the survivors.
The remaining people have banded together in small tribes, living in a pre-industrial era. The knowledge of the cause of the catastrophe that ushered in the downfall of modern civilization has largely fallen into oblivion or only exists in tribal myths. Technology is generally seen as something evil that is mostly avoided by the members of the tribes.
Aloy, the protagonist of the games, is a hunter from the Nora tribe. Due to her unknown origins, she was rejected and grew up in the care of the outsider Rost. However, when a virus infects the machines, turning them into bloodthirsty killers, Aloy is the tribes’ only hope of restoring order to the world.
The Horizon games are set between the years 3020 and 3041, meaning the Netflix series Horizon 2074 is likely set before the events of the games. Journalist Jeff Grubb shared in his GrubbSnax Podcast Inside Information. The Netflix series should be a continuation of the games, which should focus on previously unexplored aspects.
In addition, “Horizon 2074” should bring more light into the world of mechanical beings in two narrative strands. While the adventures of Aloy continue the classic storyline of the Nora slayer, the fall of modern civilization and the stories of the survivors will also be dealt with. That would also fit chronologically, because in the game series the downfall of mankind is dated to the years 2064 to 2068.
Of course, since these statements are unconfirmed inside information (Jeff Grubb is no stranger and is often well-informed), they must be taken with a pinch of salt. It is also not yet known when we will be able to see “Horizon 2074” on Netflix, since the project is still in an early phase of development, a start date can be expected at the end of 2023 at the earliest.