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Happy birthday Aloy, and Horizon Zero Dawn – it’s been a hell of a year.

Guerrilla Games used to make gritty first-person shooters, like the Killzone series. It’s been a little while, though; the latest in the series, Killzone Shadow Fall, was a PS4 launch title way back in 2013.

They haven’t been resting on their laurels, however. The Amsterdam-based studio began working on what would become Horizon Zero Dawn back in 2011, and when it released exactly a year ago, it was quickly revealed to be something a bit special. Rave reviews and awards followed, including two gongs at the 2018 Dice awards last week. And it was one of our games of the year, too.

Now Sony have confirmed that Horizon Zero Dawn is as much of commercial a success as it is critical: the game has sold over 7.6m copies in its maiden year. According to Sony, that makes it best-selling new first-party franchise launch on PlayStation 4 as of 28th February.

“We had huge ambition for Horizon Zero Dawn and as we approached the launch we knew people were excited, but to see sales of this volume is truly mind blowing. Since launch, millions of players have joined Aloy on a quest to discover the secrets of the old ones. We hope they enjoy playing Horizon Zero Dawn as much as we enjoyed making it.” – Hermen Hulst, co-founder and managing director, Guerrilla Games

To celebrate Horizon Zero Dawn’s first birthday, rather than its whopping sales figures, keep an eye out for freebies and discounts.

You can save up to 40% on clothing, merchandise and soundtracks over at the PlayStation Gear Store, and available from today, there are a bunch of HZD-themed PSN avatars and a PS4 theme – made up of the best player-taken photo mode shots – available for free.

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