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01 Mar 2021

Guerrilla's Horizon Forbidden West is still coming in 2021

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LATEST - New Sizzle Confirmation?

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State of Play Announcement

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New Features?

We didn't get anything from the PlayStation State of Play presentation, but that doesn't mean Horizon Forbidden West isn't sticking to its 2021 release window.

Following on from the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, Aloy travels to the dangerous Forbidden West in search of answers.

Below, we've got the latest on everything you need to know about Horizon Forbidden West.

LATEST - New Sizzle Confirmation?

A recently-uploaded PlayStation "Game Range" trailer has confirmed that Horizon Forbidden West is still on course for its 2021 launch window.

Although there isn't anything more specific than the "anticipated second half of 2021" quote we see in the trailer below, it's a promising sign for fans of the series.

It's vague, but when you combine this with Jim Ryan's comments to GQ the other day (which can be seen below), it's certainly good news.

State of Play Announcement

PlayStation is going to make their first State of Play presentation of 2021 one to remember.

The presentation is due to be released on February 25th and will feature at least ten upcoming PS4 and PS5 title. Of course, everyone is expecting Horizon Fordbidden West to make an appearance given the fact that it is one of the most anticipated titles coming from a PlayStation Studio.

READ MORE: First State of Play Presentation of 2021 Promises To Be Good

An appearance from Horizon Forbidden West and Guerrilla seems likely after a recent interview with SIE CEO Jim Ryan. In his interview with GQ, he said the following:

" We’re feeling pretty good about Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West. And, you know, there are two approaches to this: you can either hold the date and put out the game irrespective of quality or you can ship it when it’s right. We have always taken the latter approach. There have been some fairly high-profile instances of publishers trying the former approach."

Looking past the slight dig at CD Projekt Red, we see that Horizon Forbidden West is amongst the titles that Sony is "feeling pretty good about".

We got an announcement for Rift Apart recently, so why not the next Horizon title?

Release Date

This is, unfortunately, something we don't know a whole lot about at the moment.

We know that Horizon: Forbidden West is due to launch in 2021, but that's about it when it comes to any official announcements.

READ MORE: Horizon Zero Dawn VR Game Rumoured To Be In Development

The lack of information so far into 2021 would suggest that Horizon Fordbidden West isn't due to launch until Q3 or the end of the year at the earliest.

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We imagine Sony would want enough time to build up hype and market the title prior to release. Although, this isn't always the case and surprise announcements have worked well in the past.

Story Details

The ending of Horizon Zero Dawn left us with a lot more questions than answers and set the game up perfectly for a sequel.

Just focusing on the main narrative, Aloy finally defeats Hades in the final segments of the game.

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However, things aren't exactly what they seem. Sylens, Aloy's mysterious mentor, is shown to actually be helping Hades survive their conflict with Aloy after being seduced by the AI.

The two "disappear into the sunset", so to speak, at the end of Horizon Zero Dawn and we can imagine Horizon Forbidden West is going to follow on almost directly from this point.

For the rest of the narrative arcs, only time will tell. We're not sure if any of our favourite characters from Horizon Zero Dawn will be travelling West with Aloy, but we can hope to learn more about this soon.

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SAN FRAN - The Golden Gate Bridge has seen better days in Forbidden West

We know that Horizon Forbidden West will showcase landmarks such as San Francisco and Yosemite Valley, with the map being set across California, Utah, and Nevada.

If we look at the Announcement Trailer above, we also get a glimpse into a mysterious ailment plaguing the world and destroying everything in its' path. Could this be the work of Hades or something much larger and more dangerous?

New Features?

One of the new features everyone wants to know more about is the element of underwater exploration that has been confirmed to be appearing in Horizon Forbidden West.

Although we don't know quite what capacity this will appear in, it is an exciting prospect that will undoubtedly bring an important depth to the game.

In addition to this, fans are speculating about what gameplay changes could be brought to Horizon's sequel to keep combat and traversal fresh.

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DIVE DEEP - There's a whole new world waiting for you to explore with Aloy later this year

Flying Mounts is one which many agree would be fantastic to see and a new array of technology and weapons could help keep Aloy's next journey as incredible as we all hope it will be.

With Gran Turismo recently being delayed, fans are hoping Aloy's next outing won't suffer the same fate. Be sure to check back for more information about Horizon Forbidden West as and when it becomes available.

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