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Here’s Everything We Know About Horizon Forbidden West

PlayStation has confirmed a sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn is headed to PlayStation 5. Entitled Horizon Forbidden West, the game was announced with an awe-inspiring trailer in June, showcasing just a hint of what we can expect from the PS5.

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The trailer, which you can watch below, has given us a pretty nice look at what we can expect from the upcoming title. Here’s everything we know so far.

Game Description

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It’s early days for public info on Forbidden West, but the game’s initial description reads as follows: “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. Coming to PlayStation 5.”

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Time Period

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At this early stage, it’s not all too clear how long has passed between the original game and its newly-announced addition. In the trailer, our hero Aloy mentions that it’s been a thousand years since the Old Ones fell, but something doesn’t quite mesh there.

HZD took place in around the year 3040, nearly a thousand years after the end of humanity as we know it, which happened in 2066. Aloy’s claims that it’s been a thousand years since the Old Ones fell would put Forbidden West at around 26 years after the original game, making her in her 40s for the new title.

She doesn’t look 40 to me, but…hey. Benefit of the doubt here (especially considering my poor maths skills).

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A New World

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What we do know for sure is that Forbidden West will focus on a whole new area of the world – one which we haven’t seen before. Aloy is “moving west to a far-future America,” and with all-new terrain comes all-new enemies. As shown in the trailer, this new expanse looks as beautiful as it is deadly. We even got to see some underwater exploration, which is definitely a plus! It’s hard to say whether the game will be bigger this time around, but the trailer definitely gives off that impression.

New Enemies

The robotic dinos of HZD definitely made the game stand out from the pack, and it looks like the trend of out-of-the-box creatures is carrying over in Forbidden West. The trailer appears to show off some of the enemies we’ve seen before, like the Scrapper and Snapmaw, but there’s definitely some new additions in there.

From the looks of things, we’ll be getting hands-on with some sort of elephant-like creature, a giant turtle and some new flying creatures. Are we excited? Yes. Very.

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Plot

From what we can see, Aloy is still repping her usual “old-school” tech, and it also appears as though Sylens is making a comeback (which isn’t surprising, considering the end of HZD).

Though we might not know what Sylens is up to, it’s clear that he’s got plans with HADES.

Platform & Release Date

Horizon Forbidden West is officially listed as a PlayStation exclusive, though it might migrate on over to PC later down the line just like its little sister did. It’s definitely headed to PlayStation 5, but whether or not it’ll also see a PS4 release is unclear.

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The game has been confirmed to be launching in 2021. We don’t know much about the tech side of things, but we do know it won’t feature loading screens!

Are you excited for Horizon Forbidden West?

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