Horizon Zero Dawn has won an award from the Writer’s Guild for Best Video Game Writing, holding off other nominees including Dishonored 2: Death of the Outside, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and Madden NFL 18: Longshot.
Both the Narrative Director John Gonzalez and Lead Writer Benjamin Mccaw were on hand to collect the award for their studio, Guerilla Games.
“As writers who care deeply about the craft of telling stories, it’s incredibly exciting for us to be receiving this award in the company of so many other writers whose work we admire and appreciate,” said John Gonzalez.
Last year, we reviewed Horizon Zero Dawn and were awe-struck at how beautiful the game was, as well as how original the story was in its execution, as well as how great playing as Aloy was. Horizon Zero Dawn has sold to date an estimated 4 million copies since launching almost one year ago.
“We want to dedicate this award to two women who did not live to see this tonight,” said Gonzalez after accepting the award on behalf of the studio. “Our mother’s, Ann Gonzalez and Susan McCaw.
“It is no coincidence that their sons went on to write an epic with a strong female protagonist in which human love in general, and maternal love in particular loomed so large. We learned that from them. This is for them. Thank you, they are not forgotten.”