We sort of saw this one coming, but Horizon Forbidden West has been officially delayed until February 18th 2022.
Forbidden West was originally supposed to release later this year, serving as a sequel to Guerrilla’s debut RPG from 2017. The team told the Gamescom audience that the ongoing global pandemic has affected development in a big way. As the team adapts to new ways of working, work on Horizon Forbidden West has slowed to the point where it wasn’t going to meet the 2021 release date. As such, it’s new release date has been pushed back to February next year.
Horizon Forbidden West will take place after the first game as Aloy ventures west into the decimated ruins of San Francisco. A gameplay trailer from earlier in the year shows off plenty of new features. Some highlights include an improved climbing parkour system that seems very much akin to the Assassin’s Creed series. It’s now also possible to swim underwater, opening up the game to strikingly beautiful underwater environments.
It’s not all doom and gloom
The new game will release across the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, so last gen users won’t miss out on the new story. Of course, playing on PS5 will provide the optimal experience with the game running at a higher resolution and frame rate. There’s been no mention of a PC release just year. The first game saw a PC port in late 2020.
To make up for the delay, the team at Guerrilla Games has announced that a performance patch for Horizon Zero Dawn will arrive for players on PS5. It’ll bring visual enhancements to the excellent RPG. The game should now run at 60fps at a native 4k resolution, making the post apocalyptic world look better than ever.
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