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Horizon Forbidden West release date, PS5 exclusivity, trailer, and everything we know so far


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Horizon Forbidden West: Trailer, Plot, Release Date & News to Know

The sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West is among the most anticipated games coming to the PlayStation 5. Here’s what we know so far.

Horizon Forbidden West is one of Sony’s flagship games to generate excitement about the PlayStation 5 after its predecessor, Horizon Zero Dawn, became a breakout success in 2017. With a surprisingly unique story, gripping combat and a lush world to explore, the series could become one of the new decade’s biggest hits if its second game lives up to expectations.

Guerrilla Games, the game’s developer, has kept much about Horizon Forbidden West secret so far, but there’s a good reason for this. Exploration focused games like Forbidden West are at their best when the player has a chance to discover its wonders themselves. That being said, hints have already been found in the series’ lore, and there’s plenty of general knowledge out there for any fan looking forward to Aloy’s next adventure.

Horizon Forbidden West’s Trailer

Horizon Forbidden West was announced in June 2020 with a substantive trailer. Rather than a title reveal and little else, the trailer featured the gorgeous post-apocalyptic setting of San Francisco, unique machines Aloy will come face-to-face with in her travels and even new mechanics. For the first time, Aloy will be capable of exploring underwater — with many secrets likely hidden in the Pacific Ocean’s watery depths.

Though the jungle-like wilderness of San Francisco was most heavily featured, glimpses of a desert suggest that Forbidden West will feature various climates just like Zero Dawn. Thanks to lore from the first game’s data points, we know that this desert is located in Nevada, confirming players will have a chance to roam through at minimum parts of Nevada, Utah and California. Said lore also indicates that Aloy will come across at least four new tribes.

The Story So Far

Horizon Forbidden West continues after the end of the previous game. In a post-credits scene, we see Sylens — Aloy’s enigmatic ally — capture the world-destroying supercomputer HADES, which everyone else assumed was destroyed. Sylens seems to have his own plans for HADES and, in a mocking tone, tells it, «We’ve still so much to discuss, so much you never revealed. Your masters, for example. The ones who sent the signal that woke you . Knowledge has its own rewards, don’t you think?»

This moment hinted at what will likely be the broader plot of the series: facing off against whoever — or whatever — sent the signal that freed HADES and all the other rogue functions from the benevolent GAIA. Glimpses of Sylens in Forbidden West’s trailer suggest that much of the game’s plot will follow his machinations, but whether he’ll become an enemy or continue to be an unreliable ally is anyone’s guess.

Sylens has no desire to see humanity fall to extinction and will help Aloy eliminate threats to their survival, but he’s also been shown to be deeply amoral in his pursuit of knowledge. He wouldn’t be beyond siding with HADES’ former masters if they made him the right promise. Regardless, it’s inevitable that the series will continue its story of ancient secrets and god-like AIs in Horizon Forbidden West.

Horizon Forbidden West’s Gameplay

In May, a State of Play presentation gave viewers a first look at Horizon Forbidden West‘s gameplay. The overall ethos of the gameplay is similar to Zero Dawn, but it seems the combat, exploration and graphics have all been vastly improved. Not only are there new ancient ruins to explore and dangerous machines to fight, but Aloy has been given new tools to handle them as well.

Some reveal highlights include the Pullcaster and Shieldwing that have been added to Aloy’s arsenal. The Pullcaster functions like a grappling hook and allows Aloy to speed up climbing and bridge wide jumps. The Shieldwing is a futuristic-looking glider that lets her safely leap from immense heights. Both of these additions will add new depth to climbing the ruined skyscrapers and cliffs of Aloy’s post-apocalyptic world. They were also shown to enhance maneuverability in combat.

When Will Horizon Forbidden West Release?

Horizon Forbidden West will release on February 18, 2022, a date that was finally announced during Gamescom’s Opening Night Live. While the game was originally meant to release during the 2021 holiday season, Guerrilla Games has stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed production. The delay isn’t much of a surprise; given Guerrilla’s reluctance to confirm a release date during their State of Play in May, it was expected that we were looking at a late 2021 or early 2022 release window.

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While some fans may be disappointed at the delay, the extra time should allow Horizon Forbidden West to launch when it’s ready. Additionally, February 18 feels like a more natural release date for the title, as Horizon Zero Dawn was also released in February back in 2017.

Horizon Forbidden West: Release Date, Gameplay, Story, and What We Know So Far

Aloy is back, and she’s visiting IGN’s hometown.

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Horizon Forbidden West, the sequel to 2017’s Horizon: Zero Dawn, promises to continue the adventures of Aloy as she journeys across the post-post-apocalyptic U.S., fighting robot dinosaurs, and exploring sunken ruins. With PlayStation and Sony announcing the game at their June 2020 PlayStation 5 reveal event, the speculation train has officially left the station.

We’ve gone ahead and rounded up everything we know about Horizon Forbidden West, including release date, story, new gameplay, and new machine creatures Aloy will encounter, and more.

Horizon: Forbidden West Release Date

Horizon Forbidden West Story: New Threats, New Locations

In the reveal trailer, we see a new threat emerge, which Guerilla Games calls the “red blight.” It manifests as a moldy mass of red vines that can infect its way into lifeforms and the surrounding environment. Aloy finds a fox (a real one, not a robo-fox) that’s been infected and on death’s door before another, considerably larger creature interrupts her.

It’s currently unclear if the red blight infects robotic lifeforms rather than just organic, like the corruption that plagued the robots in the first game. The red blight is also seemingly responsible for the “supercell storms,” a chaotic swirl of wind and red lightning that covers the sky.

Aloy’s journey to address this new threat will evidently take her from Utah out to the west coast, specifically a post-post-apocalyptic San Francisco. In the reveal trailer, we see an underwater ruin resembling San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, which is a mere eight-minute walk from the north bay coastline.

All that said, HADES was not fully destroyed by Aloy. Sylens (played by Lance Reddick), the former leader of the HADES-worshipping Eclipse organization and the deuteragonist of Horizon Zero Dawn, managed to contain a portion of HADES in a mysterious jar-like device and take it with him to an unknown desert location where a giant war machine lay dormant. There, Sylens told HADES he would discover who originally sent the signal to activate the malicious A.I. It’s still unclear if all the red blight plaguing the west is HADES’ doing, though. Sylens has also seemingly joined a new faction that’s fond of capturing and corrupting robots.

Other brief glimpses in the reveal trailer show that Aloy will at some point visit the Sierra Nevada mountains (where another dormant war machine rests) and the Embarcadero Ferry Building on San Francisco’s Pier. We also see Aloy dust off a sign reading “casino” in simplified Chinese, indicating we may visit Las Vegas, although it could be a part of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Another few shots show the rounded top of the mountains El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite, about 200 real-life miles east of San Francisco. A final shot gives us a sweeping view of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Horizon Forbidden West Gameplay

The most notable addition seems to be Aloy donning a breathing mask and diving beneath the waves of San Francisco’s waters. Aloy can be seen swimming between some seaweed and reeds before an alligator-like snapjaw swims overhead. Aloy appears to hide amongst the reeds, much like the tall grass that provided stealth in the first game, allowing the snapjaw to swim by unaware. It’s currently unclear how combat will work underwater, or if Aloy is fish food the moment she’s caught by a larger predator.

We also see Aloy climbing a ludicrously steep cliffside. Some criticized Horizon Zero Dawn for only allowing players to climb certain stretches of rock, rather than allowing them to climb anything like in 2017’s Breath of the Wild. It’s unclear if Guerilla Games is shooting for more traversal options or if this was just meant to show off the great heights she’ll be reaching in her travels.

As for traversal options, we see Aloy once again riding a horse-like steed (probably a broadhead), but the trailer does show a new type of flying machine, dubbed “sunwings,” that resemble pterodactyls mixed with vultures. Guerilla hasn’t said whether or not you’ll be able to fly on these creatures in Forbidden West, but fans can certainly hope.

A final shot of Aloy facing down a tribe sporting corrupted and armored elephant-like robots may indicate that Guerilla Games is aiming for larger battles between factions of humans and machines, though we’ve yet to see anything of that nature yet, and Guerilla hasn’t confirmed anything of the sort.

Guerilla Games has also stated that due to the PlayStation 5’s computing power, there will be virtually no loading time when fast-traveling across the map, which the game’s director has stated will be a bit bigger than Zero Dawn’s.

New Creatures in Horizon Forbidden West

One of Horizon Zero Dawn’s biggest draws was its variety of robotic creatures, from the tyrannical thunderjaw, the towering tallnecks, to the aerial glinthawks and more. Some new creatures were briefly teased in Horizon Forbidden West’s reveal trailer.

Here we see the “shellsnapper,” resembling a massive tortoise with its powerful jaws and moss-covered backside. It appears to reside in swampy environments, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it show up across much of the coastal environments we’ll see throughout the game.

We also see the dormant remains of a “metal devil,” the immense machines that instigated the world-ending Faro plague. It’s unclear if we’ll see one in action, considering even one of these murderous machines would spell doom for the surrounding area.

We briefly see a hologram of a dragon flying around Aloy in a desert environment, although it’s unclear if this is just a hologram of a folkloric illustration of a dragon or an actual robotic creature.

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We can see Sylens and his new crew subduing boar-like robots for their seemingly nefarious means.

The new “sunwings” can be seen flying above the San Francisco skyline. They’re definitely smaller than the Glinthawks that pursued Aloy in Zero Dawn, but it’s unclear if Aloy will be able to subdue and ride one.

Lastly, we get a look at the “trumortusk,” an elephant-like robot, some of which have been overridden by a tribe of humans and outfitted with spiked armor. The scene of the tribe and their trumortusks preparing to charge Aloy echoes the memorable mumakil charge in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during the battle of Pelennor Fields.

If you’re eager for more info, check out IGN’s Horizon Forbidden West hub page, where you can find all our previews and more. Don’t forget to check out everything we know about the PlayStation 5, including other confirmed exclusive games from Sony.

  • Horizon Forbidden West: release date, pre-orders, PS5 exclusivity, trailers, gameplay, and more

    Horizon Forbidden West features Aloy in a brand new adventure along the Pacific coast, including the remains of San Fransisco. After the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, a mysterious red blight appears and threatens the local plants and animals. Aloy decides to investigate before it endangers even more people, some of which have starved off because of the blight.

    The Horizon series takes place in the post-apocalyptic United States, where people live in tribes and co-exist with mechanical monsters. Aloy revisits old friends, forges fresh bonds and fights against new foes in this sequel. New monsters pop up depending on the region. Aloy also has to watch for raiders who have learned to override machines and weaponize them.

    And that’s only the plot summary. Here’s everything you need to know about Horizon Forbidden West.

    Horizon Forbidden West release date

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    Horizon Forbidden West doesn’t have an exact release date yet. In fact, it doesn’t even have a release window. Fans originally suspected a late 2021 release, but as the summer lingers on, it’s starting to seem like a toss-up if we’ll even see it this year or not.

    According to PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, the game is still on track for 2021.PlayStation ads also pointed to a potential “late 2021” and “second half of 2021” release. However, those ads were sighted back in late February. Guerilla Games recently tweeted that there was still no release date, though they hoped to have an update on its release “very soon” in early May.

    Thanks for watching our #HorizonForbiddenWest gameplay reveal! We don’t have an exact release date just yet, but development is on track and we will have an update for you very soon — thank you as always for your ongoing support!

    Either way, it seems like Horizon Forbidden West will either come out later this year or next year altogether.

    Is Horizon Forbidden West a PS5 exclusive?

    Horizon Forbidden West is a PlayStation exclusive. So far, Sony has only confirmed releases for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Guerilla Games also confirmed 60 FPS support for the PlayStation 5. These frames per second aren’t possible for a PS4, but it should improve graphics for next-gen consoles.

    Horizon Forbidden West PC release

    It’s not looking good for Xbox and PC owners. Some doubt how exclusive Horizon Forbidden West will really be since Horizon Zero Dawn finally came to PC a couple of years after its initial release. Still, there’s no guarantee that the same will happen for Horizon Forbidden West.

    Horizon Forbidden West pre-orders

    In terms of pre-orders, we have almost no Horizon Forbidden West pre-orders available. Most major retailers haven’t listed Horizon Forbidden West pre-orders yet. You can expect to see them here whenever they come out, though.

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    ShopTo, a UK-based games and electronics retailer, also lists Horizon Forbidden West for pre-order. However, it isn’t actually a pre-order. It’s for registering interest for the pre-order. Those who register interest should get a notification when pre-orders go live with the actual price and product.

    Horizon Forbidden West gameplay

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    Sony showed off 14 minutes of Horizon Forbidden West gameplay in a recent State of Play. There, viewers glimpsed a prologue to the plot, graphical enhancements, and added features. It seems like, while much of the gameplay stays the same, new additions freshen combat and exploration. The team has built off old features with enhancements and additions to what’s already working.

    For example, Aloy keeps her trusty spear and bow for switching between close and long-range combat. Other than those two weapons, she also now has a Pullcaster for climbing and Shieldwing for sailing down from tall heights – almost like a grapple hook and glider.

    Game director Mathijs de Jonge told Game Informer that the game would have more freedom with vertical movement thanks to climbing and gliding. In other words, players can climb just about anything and glide down from anywhere without needing to weave around a mountain to reach a destination. These movement options will likely affect exploration and expand creative options to dispatch enemies.

    Guerilla Games also plans to redesign the skill tree and repopulate it with new skills. Jonge mentioned a mechanic called Valor Surges as part of the revamped skill tree.

    “The skill tree is designed to support many different play styles, and each play style has Valor Surges that you can unlock by spending skill points on them,” Jonge told Game Informer. “The player can choose which Valor Surge is active at any moment.”

    Players adventure along the pacific, taking out mechanical monsters and foraging for materials. The map stretches from California on the west coast down toward Utah, which borders the sunshine state in the southwestern United States. The area apparently surpasses the size of the map in Horizon Zero Dawn.

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    Horizon Forbidden West PS5: trailer, likely release date and what we know

    Horizon Zero Dawn 2 has been revealed, except it’s not called that: Horizon Forbidden West is the next confirmed entry in the open world series, and it’s coming exclusively to PS5. It continues Aloy’s story, and takes her to America’s wild frontier, with a trailer that heavily suggests we’ll be spending a good portion of the game underwater.

    After Horizon Zero Dawn sold over 10 million copies on PS4, a sequel always seemed like a dead cert. Now, Guerrilla Games is returning to this fictional universe to give us another fancy technical showcase on PS5. Ashley Burch will return as Aloy in this entry, while the trailer also teases the return of Sylens (Lance Reddick) from the first game.

    Here’s what we know about Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 so far, including its likely release date, trailer and more.

    Horizon Forbidden West trailer: first look at the PS5 exclusive

    Sony and Guerrilla Games revealed the first Horizon Forbidden West trailer at the PS5 games reveal event on June 11. The above trailer offers a three-minute glimpse at the kinds of varied landscapes you’ll explore in the second game, and which machines you can expect to fight (mammoths and alligators, by the looks of it).

    We also get the sense that Horizon Forbidden West will be heavy on underwater gameplay, based on how much of a big deal the trailer makes of Aloy using her scuba gear at the 1:40 mark above, and the shots of underwater ruined cities.

    The Horizon sequel looks amazing, though it’s hard to tell just how much of what’s above is gameplay.

    Horizon Forbidden West release date: 2021 is our prediction

    There’s no release date for Horizon Forbidden West yet, which is a big surprise considering how long and detailed the reveal trailer is, but our prediction is the game is coming in 2021. 2020 now seems very unlikely, given that Sony’s own Spider-Man: Miles Morales will release this year, and was given a specific holiday 2020 window by Sony. This will require a longer wait, it seems.

    Horizon Forbidden West story: what do we know?

    The trailer hints a lot at the kinds of enemies Aloy will be facing in the next game, but not much else is known about the game’s overarching story apart from the American setting.

    Still, this is the official description of the game from the Horizon Forbidden West trailer. “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.”

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    Guerrilla Games официально представила продолжение своего хита Horizon: Zero Dawn. Игра получит подзаголовок Forbidden West и в ней продолжится история Элой. В первом трейлере разработчики показали новые места, которых девушке удалось достичь в ходе её путешествия, а также новых, более опасных противников.

    Некоторые из представленных в видео машин похожи на огромных слонов, которые, как и животные в реальном мире, могут выступать в роли боевых зверей. В трейлере был также замечен Сайленс — учёный-исследователь из предыдущей игры. А ещё нельзя не отметить заметно выросшее в качестве визуальное оформление.

    Пересекающая равнины и ныряющая под воду Элой выглядит как никогда детализованной и чёткой. Настолько, что захватывает дух.

    Horizon: Forbidden West в настоящий момент разрабатывается для PlayStation 5 и пока не имеет даты выхода. Предыдущая часть серии, Horizon: Zero Dawn — Complete Edition, выйдет на PC этим летом.

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