Aloy’s voice actress believes Guerrilla Games is going to surpass its previous game in every aspect.
GamesRadar interviewed Ashly Burch, the voice of Aloy (who also voiced Chloe in Life is Strange), and she is quite excited about Horizon Forbidden West: „There was a lot of wrapping my head around the lore and history – the sort of scope of the game at the beginning. Guerrilla Games gave me a rundown of what the game was about, but there were certain things in the first game that I didn’t discover until I was recording them.
I was discovering Aloy’s story alongside her in some cases. But what’s great is that, with enough time with that character, and settling into her, you get to know their world. So if Aloy’s going into this conversation, it’s like okay, this person is from this type of tribe. ‘What is this person like? How would Aloy feel about them?’ And then kind of go from there.
What’s great now about working on Horizon Forbidden West is that I have all of that stuff in my back pocket. So it’s great to be able to be like, ‘Oh, Ted Faro, yeah, I remember him!’ There’s stuff like that I get to do now because I know her and this world so well. It’s like building on this already very solid foundation – it’s exciting. I have a record for Horizon Forbidden West later this week. It’s going – it’s still happening! I can’t say a lot… But I will say that I do think that all of the things that people loved about Zero Dawn – the gorgeous world, the immersive story, the awesome gameplay – Forbidden West is just more and better.
The new areas that Aloy is travelling to, the tribes that she’s meeting, and the story that unfolds… I got a primer on it all before recording for the game, where the writing team took me through the arc of the story and it was like being a kid at a campfire. I’m just so excited about it! I’m also a fan, so I’ll be in recording sessions and we’ll be recording a scene and I’m like, ‘I can’t wait to do this fight or I can’t wait to explore this area!’ So, yeah, I think that people are going to enjoy it,” Burch said.
Horizon Forbidden West will launch this year, presumably in the second half of the year, on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.