Horizon Zero Dawn’s 1.30 Patch adds an Ultra Hard Mode

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With the latest expansion to Horizon Zero Dawn arriving sometime during Q3 this year, Guerilla Games are still working hard on adding free content to the main game itself.

If building your own Lego Thunderjaw wasn’t enough to keep you busy, the latest patch brings with it multiple new features including a New Game+ mode and an “Ultra Hard” difficulty setting for the masochists among you.

 Jeroen Roding Community Manager at Guerrilla Games, said:

We were so excited to be able to announce the upcoming Horizon Zero Dawn expansion, The Frozen Wilds, at E3 last month. As we were wrapping Horizon Zero Dawn, we had a lot of ideas for new characters, quests, and places for Aloy to discover, so we started to develop The Frozen Wilds. We can’t wait for you to experience the dangerous frigid lands to the north!

While we’re hard at work on The Frozen Wilds, we have also been working on something else…

As of today, you can download patch 1.30 which includes additional fixes to progression issues which some of you may have encountered. However, it also includes the highly anticipated New Game+ option.

With New Game+ you will be able to relive the adventures of Aloy without losing your character progression and your collected inventory. You won’t be able to progress beyond the level cap of 50, but you can still collect XP during your adventure.

We have also added updated versions of existing weapons and outfits with an extra modification slot at your disposal. These will not come cheap and will set you back some extra shards.”

Roeding further explained that the ‘Ultra Hard’ difficulty will enhance enemy machine senses and behaviour along with other additional smaller tweaks.

Players who decide to embark on the Ultra Hard path will not have the option to switch it to a less difficult setting when choosing New Game+. People choosing to play normal game will still have the ability to change back to an easier difficulty.”

The New Game+ mode adds two new Trophies and players will now be able to customise Aloy with facepaint. With all the extra unlockable content being added, the 1.30 patch breathes some new life into the game ahead of the upcoming DLC expansion.

In case you missed it, we reviewed Horizon Zero Dawn when it launched earlier this year.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds will release during Q3 2017 and Patch 1.30 is currently live and available to download across all regions.

Sahil Lala

Sahil Lala

Sahil is a tech and gaming enthusiast that's been a writer, reviewer, advisor and editor at multiple publications