It looks like massive deadly storms are involved – climate change is real kids. We got our first look at the game at the PS5 Future of Gaming event in June 2020, and is confirmed for both PS4 and PS5.
At least for now, if you want to play Horizon Forbidden West when it’s released, you’ll need a PS5 – or a PS4. Though it’s worth noting that its predecessor, Horizon Zero Dawn, is now out on PC, but there are no guarantees Horizon Forbidden West will follow the same path.
“To maybe put a few minds at ease, releasing one first-party AAA title to PC doesn’t necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC,” Herman Hulst, Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, said at the time. “In my mind, Horizon Zero Dawn was just a great fit in this particular instance. We don’t have plans for day and date [PC releases], and we remain 100% committed to dedicated hardware.”
“With the PS5’s SSD, there will be virtually no loading screens,” game director Mathijs de Jonge said in a recent dev diary, echoing sentiments from system architect Mark Cerny as well as several other PS5 developers. “In an open-world game like Horizon Forbidden West, if you open up the map and fast travel from one end to the other, or restart from a checkpoint, it will be super fast. When you boot up the game, you’re right there in the action.”
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Guerrilla shared a teasingly vague synopsis for Horizon Forbidden West.
“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.”
But the trailer tells us a little more. The landmarks clearly show a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, with a Golden Gate Bridge that’s been overtaken by greenery, and the Palace of Fine Arts ruined and underwater. We can also see that Sylens still has a role to play, and Aloy will meet other tribes as she explores this new world.
Horizon Forbidden West could have the perfect setting in San Francisco, if Guerrilla can reckon with its history
In a separate video, game director Mathijs-de-Jonge confirmed that the Forbidden West itself stretches from Utah to the Pacific coast, making for an in-game map that’s “a bit bigger” than the ranges of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Aloy heads to the Forbidden West to uncover the cause of a strange crimson blight which is killing off plants, animals, and tribes, not to mention turning the local weather into a non-stop superstorm. She’ll meet new tribes – including a hostile tribe capable of overriding machines – and face “dozens” of new machines as she searches for a way to cure the blight.
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