Clocking in at 47 minutes, the latest documentary from VPRO Backlight is all about the making of Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerrilla Games – the only AAA game studio in the Netherlands.
After an English opening focusing on PlayStation and video games as a medium, the documentary heads to Amsterdam at 6:50 and goes behind the scenes and interviews several members of the studio, including Producer Angie Smets, Managing Director Hermen Hulst, Game Director Mathijs de Jonge, and Art Director Jan-Bart van Beek. For the interviews with the developers, be sure to turn on English subtitles.
The video’s description points out that Horizon Zero Dawn had a multi-million Euro budget, and 240 people worked on it over five years. “The character Aloy was created by using the face of a Dutch actress, the voice of an American woman, and the body of a British acrobat,” it adds. “The motion capture that took place in Oxford to give her life is amazing to watch, especially for the Horizon Zero Dawn fan, but not only.” To see the creation of Aloy, skip to 34:00.
If you want to learn more about Horizon Zero Dawn, check out this video featuring Neil Druckmann and Hermen Hulst.
Horizon Zero Dawn has sold more than 2.6 million copies, and Guerrilla is currently working on an expansion to the story.