Horizon Forbidden West is the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, the hit post-apocalyptic open-world motion sport starring a fearless younger heroine. It’s in growth at Guerrilla Games on PlayStation 5, writer Sony Interactive Entertainment introduced Thursday throughout a livestreamed presentation that includes first seems at PS5 video games.
Aloy (Ashly Burch) and her affiliate Sylens (Lance Reddick) will return in Horizon Forbidden West, which is able to take the characters westward to discover a brand new frontier of America. The unique sport already occurred within the West, in present-day states like Colorado and Utah, and the sequel will head to the Pacific coast. The trailer options footage of Aloy swimming round; the extant towers of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are seen in a number of screenshots (see gallery beneath); and there are new machines primarily based on animals comparable to boars, turtles, and woolly mammoths.
Developed by Amsterdam-based Guerrilla Games, Horizon Zero Dawn debuted in February 2017 on PlayStation 4 and ended up being one of many console’s bestselling video games, with gross sales of greater than 10 million copies worldwide. It tells the story of Aloy, a younger lady on the verge of maturity who strikes out from her village to trace the individuals who attacked her tribe and tried to kill her. The sport takes place within the 31st century, in a world the place humanity resides a primitive existence on Earth — with life having been reseeded after it was worn out solely throughout the 21st century by a plague of killer robots.
Earlier this 12 months, Video Games Chronicle reported that Sony has greenlit a trilogy of Horizon Zero Dawn video games, which might make the upcoming PS5 sequel the second of three deliberate entries within the franchise. A Windows PC port of Horizon Zero Dawn is coming this summer season. The trailer gave no launch date for Horizon Forbidden West; the PS5 is scheduled to launch throughout the 2020 vacation season.
Update (June 17): Horizon Forbidden West is about to debut someday in 2021 on PlayStation 5, sport director Mathijs de Jonge introduced in a developer diary released Wednesday.
De Jonge additionally supplied some additional particulars on the sport. He mentioned that its world is “a bit bigger” than that of Horizon Zero Dawn, and specified that the sport’s subtitle refers to a area that stretches from Utah to the Pacific Ocean. Thanks to the PS5’s high-speed SSD, there will likely be “virtually no loading screens,” even when fast-traveling from one finish of the map to the opposite, and “restarting from a checkpoint will be super fast,” mentioned de Jonge.
Horizon Forbidden West will function “dozens of new machines,” based on de Jonge, who additionally named three of the brand new ones glimpsed in Thursday’s debut trailer: the turtle-like Shell-Snapper, the flying Sunwing, and the mammoth-like Tremor Tusk. Of course, these mechanical beasts will work together with the people within the Forbidden West, which reside in new tribes that didn’t seem within the earlier sport. “Some of them are peaceful, and others are hostile,” mentioned de Jonge, “and one of these hostile tribes has discovered the knowledge of how to override machines, and use them as beasts of war in combat.”
As for the thrust of the story in Horizon Forbidden West, de Jonge mentioned that Aloy must save the Earth from a twin risk: a “collapsing biosphere” brought on by a “red blight” that’s “choking wildlife and starving animals and tribes,” and excessive climate occasions that take the type of “massive supercell storms.”
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