Developers respond to complaints about Horizon Zero Dawn's PC port

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While the PC port of Horizon Zero Dawn ran fine for our senior hardware editor Jacob Ridley, our reviewer Dave Meikleham experienced stuttering and inconsistent framerates. As Jacob noted, "We're sure to hear of any technical issues on a wider scale once the proverbial floodgates are open."

Now they are, and we certainly have. Steam's user reviews for Horizon Zero Dawn are currently sitting at "mixed", with complaints of crashing the most common and others saying things like "Performance is terrible" and "Love the game but man is the pc port bad".

Developers Guerrilla have released a statement regarding these complaints, saying that "we are investigating your reports as our highest priority." They go on to say, "We appreciate those who have already taken the time to report their issues on Steam, Reddit, or via our website. If you are still encountering crashes or bugs, please continue to use those spaces, or refer to our FAQ if you are unsure of how to proceed. Your reports are, and have already been, incredibly helpful for our teams."

In his impressions Jacob brought up Red Dead Redemption 2's PC release, which now seems like an apt comparison. As he wrote, "One PC would work just fine, another with the same components would fall apart at the sight of the game. My only remedy at the time, after testing for a day, was to build an entirely new PC with a brand new SSD and start over. Here's hoping for nothing too drastic this time around."

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.