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.
Coming to both PS4 and PS5, we've rounded up everything you need to know about the game.
Horizon Forbidden West Release Date Announced - August 25, Gamescom
Guerrilla Studios revealed the Horizon Forbidden West release date during Gamescom 2021. The long-awaited sequel will release February 18, 2022 for PS4 and PS5.
Moved To 2022? - July 30
Industry insider Jeff Grubb has been speaking about Horizon: Forbidden West, and notes that he's had word from some sources that the game has been pushed to 2022.
Still Coming in 2021? - May 12
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.
Horizon: Forbidden West is confirmed to launch on February 18, 2022 for PS4 and PS5. Previously announced for a 2021 release, that eventually got pushed back into next year.
What Is Horizon 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. The trailer's description teases.
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.
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."
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.
The trailer was part of the PS5 games reveal, check it out below.
The game will be available on the PS5 and PS4, making it a cross-generational title like Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
However, Forbidden West's Standard and Special editions don't support cross-buy, which is only available through the Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla Editions.