Horizon Forbidden West is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, and set to be released in 2021 for the PlayStation 5.

It is the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn (2017), and is played in a post-apocalyptic open world with a third-person perspective. Players control protagonist Aloy, a machine hunter in the 31st century as she travels to California, Utah and Nevada, filled with dangerous tribes and ravaged by massive storms and deadly machines.

Synopsis

Horizon Forbidden West will explore the story of Aloy, a young huntress on a quest to a mysterious frontier spanning Utah to the Pacific Coast for a world-saving mission. On her journey across the uncharted lands of the Forbidden West, she encounters hostile regions filled with natural threats and ravaged by massive storms, dangerous enemies and deadly machines, both new and old. As Aloy attempts to explore the wider and deeper parts of the Forbidden West, she discovers a vast array of diverse environmental ecosystems, including lush valleys, dry deserts, snowy mountains, tropical beaches and ruined cities, both above and below the water.

Gameplay

Horizon Forbidden West is an action role-playing game with a third-person perspective. Players control Aloy, a huntress in a world populated by dangerous machines. Set in an open world of post-apocalyptic California, Utah and Nevada, the game will explore the setting of a mysterious location known as the Forbidden West. The map will be bigger than its predecessor, filled with secrets that lie beneath ruins from the world of the Old Ones.

The game will feature a multitude of iconic locations including a ruined San Francisco and the Yosemite Valley with various biomes. One of the main additions to the sequel is the element of underwater exploration. Players will be able to uncover the mysteries beneath the surface of seas, lakes and rivers.

Development and release

Horizon Forbidden West is being developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 5. It is a sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn. Ashly Burch and Lance Reddick reprise their roles as Aloy and Sylens, respectively. The game was announced during Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal event in June 2020, and is expected to be released in 2021. Horizon Forbidden West will take advantage of the PlayStation 5’s Dualsense controller to support haptic feedback, enhancing the player immersion experience.

With the increased processing power and inclusion of a custom solid state drive storage in the PlayStation 5, the game will feature near instantaneous load times and a wide variety of enemies, visual effects, and objects within gameplay scenes. The game will also feature an updated version of the Decima engine.

A comic book series, set after the events of the first game, was published by Titan Comics on 5 August 2020.

Machines

New machines

  • Bristleback
  • Clawstrider
  • Shellsnapper
  • Sunwing
  • Tremortusk

Returning machines

  • Charger
  • Snapmaw

Setting

Set in an open world of post-apocalyptic California, Utah and Nevada, the game will explore the setting of a mysterious location known as the Forbidden West. The game will feature a multitude of iconic locations including a ruined San Francisco and the Yosemite Valley with various biomes.

Trivia

  • The setting of Horizon Forbidden West, the Forbidden West, was alluded to multiple times throughout Horizon Zero Dawn. Rumors of the region’s more dangerous machines and mysterious tribes were repeatedly mentioned, serving as a hint to the location of the next game.
  • Horizon Forbidden West will take advantage of the PlayStation 5’s Dualsense controller to support haptic feedback, enhancing the player immersion experience. With the increased processing power and inclusion of a custom solid state drive storage in the PlayStation 5, the game will feature near instantaneous load times and a wide variety of enemies, visual effects, and objects within gameplay scenes.
  • The game will feature an updated version of the Decima engine.
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