Horizon Forbidden West was one of the least surprising announcements during the recent PS5 event, although that doesn’t make it any less exciting.
Indeed, based on the latest deep dive by developer Guerrilla Games, the wait for Horizon Forbidden West just became even more unbearable.
The big news is that according to a new video posted on YouTube, Horizon Forbidden West will have a 2021 release date on PS5.
Game director Mathijs de Jonge said: “We have been working very hard in order to create a worthy sequel, one that will hopefully appeal to older fans, but also newcomers to the franchise. We’re aiming to release the game next year, in 2021.”
The video also highlights some of the new features coming to Horizon Forbidden West at launch.
According to the video, the power of the PS5 will make the world more detailed, more vibrant and even more immersive.
Taking place on a bigger map than its predecessor, Forbidden West refers to a stretch of land from Utah all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
Even better is that despite the grander size and scope of the new world, the PlayStation’s SSD will practically eliminate loading times, even when fast travelling.
The video showcases some of the new environments in the game, as well as underwater exploration and dangerous new machines.
“The landscapes may be stunning, but danger lurks in every corner of the Forbidden West,” de Jonge continues.
“Players will discover dozens of new machines as they explore the Forbidden West, and each of these machines must be scanned and studied in order to fight them effectively.”
In addition to machines, players will also encounter new tribes, although not all will be friendly.
Lead characters Aloy will also come across a mysterious blight that is killing plants and animals.
It was announced alongside a host of first and third-party PS5 games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7 and Ratchet and Clank: A Rift Apart.
That’s on top of major third-party games like Resident Evil 8 and Hitman 3, as well as brand new experiences such as Stray.
Despite some heavy competition from games such as Demon’s Souls, Horizon Forbidden West definitely stole the show.