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Horizon: Forbidden West Release Date, Trailer, Story, Features And Everything We Know About Horizon New Dawn 2

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Horizon: Forbidden West is the next game in the franchise and a sequel to the successful Horizon Zero Dawn.

The action role-playing game again features Aloy, a hunter who ventures through a post-apocalyptic land ruled by robotic creatures.

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June 2

Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst said the goal is for Horizon Forbidden West to release later in 2021, saying in a PlayStation Blog post "we think we are on track to release this holiday season."

Hulst also confirmed Forbidden West will be a PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 release.

May 27

Sony and Guerrilla aired a Horizon Forbidden West State of Play. Check it out here.

May 12

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An exclusive WIRED report on the state of the PS5 said Guerrilla Games re-confirmed Horizon Forbidden West will release in 2021.

Voice work and motion capture are already well underway. Guerrilla shipped recording booths to actors' homes and developed a stage in Amsterdam to safely conduct Horizon Forbidden West mocap.

Finally, studio director Angie Smets said the Horizon Forbidden West DualSense functions will be a vital part of the experience.

Still expected in Late 2021 – March 1

According to some social media adverts, the game is still expected in late 2021 (thanks, VGC).

Release Date

Horizon 2: Forbidden West has been confirmed to be scheduled for a 2021 release on PS5, but is also coming to PlayStation 4.

What Is Horizon 2: Forbidden West?

On June 11, Sony revealed Horizon Forbidden West, "a gorgeous new adventure set in a distant land ravaged by massive storms," according to an official PlayStation blog post.

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"Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy's story as she moves west to a far-future America to brave a majestic, but dangerous frontier where she'll face awe-inspiring machines and mysterious new threats," the trailer's description teases.

Among the ruins of San Francisco, Aloy will encounter a far-reaching infection Guerrilla calls the "red blight." She'll be able to don a mask and explore underwater areas of the map, as well, judging from the first teaser trailer.

Some of the robotic beasts you'll meet in Forbidden West include the alligator-shaped "snapjaw," pterodactyl-like "sunwings," colossal "shellsnappers" (shaped like tortoises), and the mammoth-esque "trumortusk."

Thanks to the power of the PS5, Guerrilla says there'll be "virtually no loading screens."

Multiplayer

While the first game was single-player only, with players stepping into the boots of Aloy, the sequel is intended to be playable in co-op, at least according to rumours.

Previously leaked concept art showed multiple players battling the original game's large beasts, so could we be teaming up with friends on PS5?

VGC reports that "it’s understood PlayStation was equally keen to see online functionality implemented in the sequel," so that could be the case.

Trailer

The trailer was part of the PS5 games reveal, check it out below.

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Platforms

The game will be available on the PS5 AND PS4, making it a cross-generational title like Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Soundtrack

Sony and Guerrilla have released the soundtrack from the epic reveal trailer.

The full video of the song can be viewed down below, or with the following link, you can play it on your music streaming platform of choice!

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