We’re not surprised – we’ve been expecting for months that the Dutch Guerrilla Games is working on the sequel of Horizon Zero Dawn. Now, Sony has confirmed it…
Yesterday’s PlayStation 5: The Future of Gaming broadcast had Sony Interactive Entertainment confirm Horizon Forbidden West, which is the sequel of February 2017-released Horizon Zero Dawn. (The PlayStation 4 game is about to get a PC port, and if you buy certain AMD Ryzen CPUs, you will get that game for free.) Sony didn’t go into a lot of detail with the game’s synopsis: „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,” Sony Interactive Entertainment’s overview says. (Again with this Western journey. Kojima’s Death Stranding has done the same thing.)
Due to the lack of information, we highly suspect that Horizon Forbidden West will not launch as a PlayStation 5 launch title. Guerrilla’s game, which runs on their proprietary Decima engine, will not be available on PlayStation 4, as Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said that it’s time for the fans to give experiences that they can only access on PlayStation 5 (regardless if it’s the PlayStation 5 Standard Edition or the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – we wrote about these earlier today). Console-exclusive games could be cross-gen titles, though (such as Quantum Error, which has been confirmed to get a PlayStation 4 port, but only after releasing the PlayStation 5 version).
Horizon Forbidden West will likely launch in 2021, exclusively on PlayStation 5, unless it also gets a PC version. (Sony tends to announce games more than a year before its launch, and Horizon Forbidden West might be one of them.)
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