Yesterday Sony finally unveiled the PlayStation 5 User Interface with an 11-minute video explaining how it all works. For the most part, it's pretty much business as usual, and those used to navigating a PS4 will feel right at home. There are differences, to be sure, but it's essentially more of the same, streamlined and sleeker than ever before.
But that's yesterday's news, daddio. As it turns out, Sony might have been hiding something extra exciting in the UI reveal - something none of us really picked up on until one eagle-eyed fan laid it all out. Reddit user Cryptostormz believes that the PS5 UI video was actually teasing a Killzone revival... and when you see their argument, it's kind of hard to disagree.
For those not in the know, Killzone is an often-overlooked FPS series from Guerrilla Games, of Horizon Zero Dawn fame. While never remembered as one of the best or most iconic PlayStation franchises, it has its fans. Despite this, we haven't seen a new entry since 2013's Killzone Shadow Fall launched on PS4... presumably because Guerilla Games put all of their time and resources into developing Horizon Zero Dawn from that point.
Whatever the case, it's been a long seven years, but Cryptostormz reckons the PS5 UI reveal contained an obscure teaser to let fans know that the franchise is still very much alive and kicking. Not only did Sony use a Killzone avatar during the UI video, which I'm sure most of us spotted, but it also referenced an incredibly obscure character from the games in the process - this is where our wild fan theory begins.
"Sony used a Killzone avatar in the PS5 UI reveal today," Cryptostormz explained. "If it was just the avatar maybe that would be one thing, but they also went to the trouble of naming the avatar after someone in universe in Killzone. Kenzo Hakan was an obscure character in an easy to miss audio log, in this audio log he exposed/leaked the tracking record of someone that was being watched. I feel his actions of exposing a tracking record coincides with a tease sort of like "exposing a tease". Maybe I'm reaching here but I think we got some Killzone coming."
That's.... actually kind of compelling, right? It's still just a theory, of course, but it's one I'm struggling to argue with. Whichever way you slice this whole thing, it's undeniably strange that the avatar we saw in the UI vid was Killzone's Kenzo Hakan, rather than someone like Aloy, Ratchet, Kratos, or Nathan Drake.
The only fly in this ointment right now is that we know Guerrilla has dedicated the brunt of its time and resources to Horizon Forbidden West, which is coming to PS5 and PS4 sometime next year. However, that doesn't mean that the studio doesn't have one or two other irons in the fire right now.
Take a look, if you will, at the LinkedIn profile of Chris Lee. He's a principal game designer at Guerrilla whose current interests include "multiplayer (cooperative and competitive), open-world systemic gameplay, and online social experience". That sounds a lot more like Killzone than Horizon, no?
His bio also specifies that he's working on an unannounced game... meaning that he's either forgotten to update his LinkedIn since Forbidden West was confirmed a few months back, or that Guerrilla does, in fact, have multiple projects on the go right now. Oh, and his previous credits include Rainbow Six Siege and a handful of SOCOM games, so the dude knows his shooters.
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