Horizon Forbidden West features Aloy on a whole new adventure on the Pacific coast, with the remnants of San Francisco. After the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, a mysterious red blight appears and threatens local plants and animals. Aloy decided to investigate before it endangered more people, some of whom were starving because of the redness.
The Horizon series takes place in the post-apocalyptic United States, where humans live in tribes and are accompanied by mechanical monsters. Aloy returns to old friends, forges fresh bonds and fights against new enemies in the sequel. New monsters will pop up depending on the region. Aloy also has to keep an eye on raiders who have learned to override machines and arm them.
And that's just the summary of the plot. Here's everything you need to know about Horizon Forbidden West.
Horizon Forbidden West release date
Horizon Forbidden West does not yet have an exact release date. In fact, it doesn't even have an exit window. Fans originally suspected the late 2021 release, but as the summer progresses, it’s starting to be a toss up whether we’ll see it this year or not.
According to PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, the game is on track for 2021. PlayStation ads have also pointed to a potential "late 2021" and "second half of 2021" release. However, those ads were seen in late February. Guerilla Games recently tweeted that there is still no release date, though they hope to have an update on its release “soon” in early May.
Thanks for watching our #HorizonForbiddenWest gameplay revealed! We don’t have an exact release date yet, but progress is on track and we’ll have an update for you soon-thanks as always for your continued support!
– Guerrilla (@Guerrilla) May 27, 2021
Either way, it looks like Horizon Forbidden West will either come out later this year or next year in total.
Horizon Forbidden West is 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 has also confirmed 60 FPS support for the PlayStation 5. These frames per second are not possible for a PS4, but should it will improve graphics for next gen consoles
Release of Horizon Forbidden West PC
Doesn't look good for Xbox and PC owners. Some are skeptical of how exclusive Horizon Forbidden West is really since Horizon Zero Dawn finally came to PC a few years after its initial release. However, there is 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 have not yet listed Horizon Forbidden West pre-orders. You can expect to see them here whenever they appear.
Horizon Forbidden West pre-ordered in the US:
- N / A
Horizon Forbidden West pre-ordered in the UK:
- Simple Games for £ 69.99
ShopTo, a game retailer and UK-based electronics, also lists Horizon Forbidden West for pre-order. However, this is not really a pre-order. This is for registering interest for pre-order. Interest registrants should get a notification when pre-orders are live on the actual price and product.
Horizon Forbidden West gameplay
Sony showed off 14 minutes of Horizon Forbidden West gameplay in a recent State of Play. There, viewers saw a prelude to the plot, graphic enhancements, and added features. It looks like, while most of the gameplay will remain the same, new additions are fresh combat and exploration. The team has developed old features with enhancements and additions to what works.
For example, Aloy keeps his trusty spear and bends for the transition between close and long range combat. Aside from those two weapons, he also has a Pullcaster for climbing and a Shieldwing for sailing downhill from tall heights – almost like a grapple hook and glider.
Game director Mathijs de Jonge told Game Informer that the game will have more freedom in vertical movement thanks to climbing and gliding. In other words, players can climb almost anything and slip from anywhere without having to weave around a mountain to reach a destination. These movement choices are likely to 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 cites a mechanic called Valor Surges as part of the modified tree practice.
"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 to them, ”Jonge told Game Informer. "The player can choose which Valor Surge is active at any moment."
Players adventure along the pacific, capturing mechanical monsters and finding materials. The map extends from California on the west coast down to Utah, the state border of the sunshine in the southwestern United States. The area clearly surpassed the size of the map in Horizon Zero Dawn.
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