Skip to main content

Here's what we know about Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 (so far)

Aloy is back in action for the next generation.

One of the biggest games revealed at the June 2020 PS5 showcase was Horizon Forbidden West. Developed by Guerrilla Games, this PlayStation title is bringing the custom Decima engine and everything it's capable of to next-generation hardware.

Aloy returns as a protagonist, heading into the former western U.S. There are new threats, new machines, and new lush lands to explore. It's currently set to release at some point in 2021. Here's everything we know about Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 so far.

Jump to:

What is Horizon Forbidden West?

Horizon Forbidden West is a sequel to Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn, released in 2017. It's an action role-playing game that takes place in the 31st century, in a world where humanity now exists in tribes and gigantic mechanical lifeforms roam the earth. Players play as Aloy, a young woman cast out of the Nora tribe who works to uncover the mysteries of the machines, what happened to the previous humans, and the current threat set to destroy the world.

Horizon Forbidden West follows the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, as Aloy travels west and seeks to discover who sent a signal that activated HADES, an AI attempting to destroy all life. Given how the first game was a major critical and commercial success, it's very possible that Horizon Forbidden West will end up being one of the best PS5 games.

Can I check out some Horizon Forbidden West trailers?

You can see the Horizon Forbidden West reveal trailer from The Future of Gaming PS5 event below:

Horizon Forbidden West Story, gameplay, and features

Horizon Zero Dawn was an action RPG and Horizon Forbidden West will be as well. The story takes place in what was formerly the Western U.S., with the ruins of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco clearly visible in the trailer. Aloy is seeking to understand a mysterious corruption damaging the environment. At the same time, Sylens is in possession of HADES (from the previous game), seeking to understand the signal that first reactivated the AI. Aloy is again being performed by Ashly Burch, just like in Horizon Zero Dawn.

While gameplay in this sequel will likely be similar to its predecessor, the scope of the game is almost certainly larger. In the June State of Play we also see Aloy undertaking a mission to save Erend from the "rebel threat" while traveling along a beach and diving underwater. Rebels seem to be the main antagonists of this game and what makes them so dangerous is that they're able to get machines to attack for them. But Aloy's equipped with some new and returning gear to take them down.

Aloy's gadgets:

  • Focus: A device that sits on her ear and can scan environments to help her identify threats or climbing areas.
  • Pull Caster: Hook shots to compatible areas to pull Aloy through the air to new climbing pathways or allows her to get out of trouble in a hurry.
  • Shieldwing: Works like a glider allowing Aloy to descend slowly and safely from a high point.
  • Diving mask: Lets players stay submerged underwater "as long as you like." From what we've seen in videos, it seems underwater exploration will be a large focus in-game and Aloy will be able to make use of underwater currents to get around faster.
  • Spear: Aloy's spear helps override machines and can be charged up to create a high-damage effect or knock enemies backward.
  • Slingshot: There are various projectiles that provide different effects. For instance, Adhesive Grenades can temporarily stall machines.
  • Bows and arrows: Different arrows have different effects. For example, some explode on contact to strip machines of outer layers and expose weak spots.
  • Launcher: An automated weapon the fires spikes that explode on impact.
  • Smoke bombs: Temporarily blinds enemies when thrown in range.
  • Machines: As in the first game, Aloy can override various machines and use them to get around.

We've also seen some new machines:

  • Shellsnappers: A turtle-like creature resting in a swamp.
  • Tremortusks: Mammoth-esque machines being used as beasts of war by an unknown tribe.
  • Sunwings: Pterosaurs-styled machines searching the skies.
  • Clawstriders: A machine seen in the artwork that looks like a velociraptor.

We're keeping track of every machine in the game in an ever-updated bestiary, keeping track of the list of all machines, both new and returning in Horizon Forbidden West.

The soundtrack is being done at least partially by Joris de Man, with Julie Elven providing vocals. The song from the reveal trailer, Promise of the West, has been released on digital storefronts.

Horizon Forbidden West will take advantage of the new PS5 DualSense controller, using haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to enhance how different weapons feel. Guerrilla Games director Mathijs de Jonge has shared more information on the game in a video you can watch below.

Guerrilla Games, the development studio working on the game, are a part of Sony Worldwide Studios and the creators of the in-house Decima engine.

Will Horizon Forbidden West have multiplayer ?

According to a rumor from VGC, Horizon Zero Dawn was the start of a trilogy. VGC also claims that the second title (now revealed to be Horizon Forbidden West) would have co-op of some kind. Nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet though.

Is Horizon Forbidden West coming to PS4?

Despite previously saying that Horizon Forbidden West would not be available on PS4, Sony confirmed after a September 2020 PS5 games showcase that it will in fact come to PS4 as well as PS5.

Is Horizon Forbidden West coming to PC?

As of right now, Horizon Forbidden West has only been announced for PS5. With that said, the complete edition of the first game, Horizon Zero Dawn, came to PC in August 2020. Other PS4 games are also being ported to PC, including Days Gone later in Spring 2021. As such, we wouldn't rule out the possibility that Horizon Forbidden West arrives on PC sometime after its release on PS4 and PS5.

What's the release date?

We don't have an exact time pegged down just yet, but Guerrilla provided a dedicated update, confirming that the team is aiming to release Horizon Forbidden West in 2021. In fact, the company stated that it thinks it is "on track to release this holiday season," but things aren't certain as of yet.

Both the original Horizon Zero Dawn and its expansion The Frozen Wilds were released in 2017, so Guerrilla has had over three years of development time. As such, despite many games being delayed due to the worldwide pandemic, there's no reason to believe the team at Guerrilla can't make the targeted release date of sometime in 2021.

With Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart releasing on June 11, Horizon Forbidden West is almost certainly further out as a Q3 or Q4 release. We'll be sure to update you when we learn more information.

Original

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition

$10 at Amazon

A sequel is on its way, so play the first

Set centuries in the future where society as fallen and mechanical beasts roam the land, you must uncover a conspiracy that led to the apocalypse.

Load up

PlayStation Store Gift Card

From $10 at Amazon

Easy to stock up

PlayStation gift cards are an easy way to grab currency for games, add-ons, themes and more on the PlayStation Store. They also come in a wide variety of denominations, which is perfect to start saving up for PlayStation 5 games.


Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

How to watch England vs New Zealand: Live stream 2nd Test series cricket on

With the first Test ending in a draw, the series is on a knife edge at Edgbaston, as Joe Root's side look to put off the field controversies to one side and claim a much needed win against the Kiwis. Don't miss a single ball of the 2nd Test with our England vs New Zealand live stream guide below. The series has been somewhat overshadowed by the emergence of offensive historic tweets posted by Ollie Robinson who made his debut in the opening Test but has since been suspended. With the controversy still brewing amid interventions from politicians and accusations leveled at other members of the team, Root has a battle on his hands to keep his side focused on the game ahead. One positive for Root coming into the game is that they'll be playing in front of a near capacity crowd at Egbaston, with the overwhelming majority of the expected 18,000 spectators set to be cheering on the home side. The tourists have been delivered a huge blow coming intot his final match, with s

Review: The Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) is a truly moving Alexa speaker

This new Echo Show is a real head-turner. The smart speaker market has grown quite a bit since Amazon introduced the first Echo in late 2014. However, after introducing the first Echo Show in 2017, the evolution of smart screened devices hasn't progressed nearly so quickly. There have mostly been incremental updates to the devices put out by Amazon, Google, and others like Lenovo, adding bigger screens and (marginally) better speakers, but nothing has really moved the category forward. As it has done several times before, Amazon is poised to usher in the next paradigm shift in smart speaker tech with its latest Echo device, the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen). I've had the pleasure of using just about every Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker over the past few years, so I feel well-suited to write this Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) review based on that background. I'm not going to get too far into the argument of which smart assistant is better — by now, you've

The Galaxy Watch 4 is coming soon — here's everything you need to know

Samsung's Galaxy-brain play: leaving Tizen behind for Wear OS. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, one of the best Android smartwatches , may have only just launched in November 2020, but the latest rumors out of South Korea suggest the company may already be developing its replacement — with some big changes and upgrades in the works meant to topple Apple from its smartwatch throne. There's no confirmation whether Samsung's 2021 smartwatch will be named the "Galaxy Watch 4" or adopt a new name entirely. However, we know that this new watch will run the new version of Wear OS, which would have a big impact on app support and Android phone connectivity. It could also feature a newer-faster chipset, which could put it leagues ahead of the best Wear OS watches . Details are fairly scarce so far, but we've scrounged up every known leak about specs, design leaks, and pricing, along with everything else we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung's bes

6 things Apple stole from Android at WWDC— and one that Google should steal

Every year, Apple and Google trade ideas for their newest versions of iOS and Android, respectively. But this year, during Apple's WWDC 2021, it seems like Apple purloined more than a few ideas that Google's integrated into Android over the last few years. Millions of iOS users won't get their hands on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 until later this year, so until then, we don't know until then how the new features will fare in the real world. For now, here's a tongue-in-cheek look at six features Apple, um, borrowed from Android with its latest software releases. Jump to: iPad widgets and app drawer Live Text Apple Maps AR navigation iOS notifications New Siri capabilities Apple Photos Bonus: What Google needs to steal iPad widgets and app drawer iPad OS 15 introduced two big new updates for the iPad home screen today: widgets and the App Library. If you think this sounds awfully familiar, there's a good reason for that. 2020's iOS 14 introduced both