Update - July 30, 1:40 p.m. EST
Bloomberg's Jason Schreier said a person "familiar with the matter" told him Sony has internally delayed Horizon Forbidden West until 2022. As yet, PlayStation has made no official announcement.
Schreier said COVID could be just part of the problem. He referred to Hermen Hulst's earlier comment about Forbidden West's tentative release and suggested the game might have been facing development trouble even if work from home weren't a requirement.
After Horizon Forbidden West's impressive showcase at PlayStation's State of Play earlier in the year, Sony and Guerilla Games have been hush on when Aloy's next adventure will be upon us.
Even though it is assumed to release by the end of this year, it seems like the Horizon sequel might have been pushed into 2022.
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Horizon Forbidden West Rumored To Be Delayed To 2022
Jeff Grubb spoke in the latest Giant Bomb show about Sony's upcoming PlayStation exclusive.
He mentioned that he has heard "rumblings" that Forbidden West has been pushed back into 2022. After the statement was discovered, he went onto Reddit to clarify his quotes:
Of course, this story should be taken with a grain of salt. But given Sony and Guerilla's restraint in committing to a 2021 release, considering we are more than halfway through the year, it wouldn't be a surprise if Aloy's next endeavor is pushed into 2022.
Many games have been delayed recently, not only due to polishing issues but also because of difficulties developing in the midst of the Pandemic.
Ubisoft has pushed Rainbow Six Extraction into next year and Crimson Desert has been delayed indefinitely. While Santa Monica and Sony's own God of War 2 has also been postponed to 2022, despite initially being announced at the same time as Forbidden West and both for a 2021 launch.
In addition to the Horizon news, Grubb supposedly heard that PlayStation's next State of Play may occur in September. The next Sony showcase is already rumoured to reveal gameplay from Kratos and Atreus's next venture.
As we wait for more Horizon news, Aloy will make a surprising appearance in Genshin Impact this November.