Sony and NCSoft have reportedly struck a deal to create a Horizon MMORPG.
According to news site MTN, the project will be developed by the South Korean company behind the Lineage and Guild Wars MMO series and target the global market as part of Sonyâs push into live service games.
NCSoft is currently recruiting developers to work on the title, which is said to be listed as ‘Project Hâ in job ads.
A statement from NCsoft’s global communication office reportedly read (via Google Translate): “It is difficult to confirm information about unpublished projects that are currently under development.”
VGC has contacted Sony for comment on this report.
Guerrilla Games, the Sony-owned studio behind 2017âs Horizon Zero Dawn and this yearâs sequel Horizon Forbidden West, has long planned to expand Horizon into multiplayer, VGC understands.
Sources previously told VGC that co-op was initially planned for the first Horizon game but was ultimately scrapped so the development team could focus on other areas of the title.
They said Sony had also been keen to include co-op in Forbidden West, but Guerrilla decided to save the feature for a future project, which they believed would either be a standalone online spin-off, or Horizon 3.
Last year Guerrilla was staffing up for an online game, although itâs unclear if the title in question was a Horizon one.
Among the roles advertised on the studioâs website was a senior social systems designer position, whose job would involve engaging players in âsocial interactions to create lasting relationships, and where compatibleâ¦ create Guild-like groups to explore togetherâ.
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Another job position for a senior game writer â which may or may not be related to the same project â was seeking an individual with âextensive knowledge of stories and narrative design in open-world RPG games, online games, and MMORPGsâ to create âmission, quest writing and narrative designâ.
Horizon Call of the Mountain will be a PlayStation VR2 launch title in February 2023, and a Horizon Zero Dawn remaster for PS5 is reportedly in development too.
SonyÂ is also working with Netflix on a TV adaptation of Horizon.