Horizon Forbidden West: Everything We Know

Horizon Forbidden West is the anticipated follow-up to one of PlayStation's biggest new franchises. Here's everything we know.

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Horizon Zero Dawn was a massive success for Sony and developer Guerrilla Games, building a new franchise on the backs of hulking robotic dinosaurs. With such rising popularity, it was only a matter of time before a sequel materialized. Titled Horizon Forbidden West, this new game continues the adventures of protagonist Aloy as she embarks on a journey to a new, untamed region of the world to investigate a new extinction event threatening humanity. While the upcoming game isn't a PS5 exclusive, it's being treated as a technical showpiece for the new console. Here's everything we know about Horizon Forbidden West.

Release Date

Sony has not confirmed an exact release date for Horizon Forbidden West, first estimating that it should arrive around the holiday season of 2021. However, a recent Q&A interview with PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst confirmed that this is not guaranteed. "For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season. But that isn't quite certain yet, and we're working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can," Hulst said.

Guerilla Games reiterated this following a recent State of Play presentation focused on the game when narrative director Ben McCaw responded to the lack of an announced release date, saying that "development is on track, and we'll have an update for you very soon."

Platforms

Horizon Forbidden West is a PlayStation exclusive that's coming to both PS4 and PS5. So far, the footage shown has universally been from the PS5 version of the game, which means the PS4 version may not reach the same level of visual flourish. At the same time, Horizon Zero Dawn was among the more stunning games for PS4, so Guerrilla may be able to push the hardware to the limit and make it an impressive showpiece there too.

Recently, many have wondered how Guerrilla will handle making the version look and run well given how it looks already on PS5. In a recent Game Informer interview with game director Mathijs de Jonge reassured that the PS4 version will look fantastic. "A lot of the development has taken place on the PlayStation 4, and a lot of play-testing is also done on PS4, so we are ensuring that owners of that console will have a great experience and that the game will look fantastic," he said.

Is Horizon Forbidden West Coming To PC?

Horizon Forbidden West is not announced for PC. However, the game may eventually come to PC since Horizon Zero Dawn was eventually released on Steam. Sony has signaled that it is open to selectively releasing its exclusive games on PC as well, with Herman Hulst asserting in a Sony Blog Q&A interview that the company intends to further invest in the PC space.

Trailers

The first trailer, which debuted during Sony's PS5 reveal event, had Aloy narrating about a mysterious new threat that appears to be killing wildlife and vegetation alike. What followed was glimpses of new environments and creatures, as well as the return of Sylens.

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As mentioned, a recent State of Play presentation offered a first look at gameplay, with Aloy on a mission to save Erend Vanguardsman, the captain of the Carja Sun-King Avad's Vanguard, who was captured by rival raiders. Throughout the footage, there are glimpses of the changes being made this time around, which include new equipment like a grappling hook and a holographic wing glider. There are also moments where you get to see the game's new melee combat and swimming navigation.

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DLC Details

So far, no DLC or microtransactions have been announced for Horizon Forbidden West. Its predecessor did get a large DLC expansion, called Horizon The Frozen Wilds, which opened up a new snowy region to explore and introduced new factions. Forbidden West is similar in that it appears to be named after a new area for Aloy to uncover. Guerrilla could plan to release a similar expansion for Forbidden West, but if so, we may not know for some time after release.

Preorder

Horizon Forbidden West is not available to preorder. When it does go up for preorder, the PS5 version may be a $70 title like most recent PS5 exclusives.

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