Guerrilla Games and Firesprite have revealed the character named Ryas.
The two studios have released new details on the PlayStation Blog about Horizon Call of the Mountain, which promises to be perhaps the most impressive opening title for PlayStation VR2. Quoting the blog, “Ryas is the character you will play as you experience a new story in the world of Horizon. The Carja Sundom is still reeling from the bloody Red Raids, a brutal campaign of attacks and ritual sacrifice inflicted by the Carja on their neighboring tribes. These raids, which devastated countless lives, were ended when the Mad Sun-King Jiran was overthrown by his son Avad. The aftershocks of Jiran’s rule splintered the Carja tribe, with those grateful for an end to his rule remaining in the Sundom and soldiers loyal to the slain leader forcing their way into the citadel at Sunfall, reforming as the Carja in Shadow.
The Horizon Call of the Mountain protagonist, Ryas, was one such soldier. Having played a vital role in the abduction of young Prince Itamen from his home in Meridian, Ryas seeks to atone and regain his honor. After allowing himself to be captured and imprisoned by the Carja, Ryas was spared execution. Now, he has been recruited by Sun-King Avad and Blameless Marad. A master climber, archer, and hunter, Ryas must earn his freedom in exchange for investigating a new threat. Guerrilla’s Studio Narrative Director, Ben McCaw, offered further insight: “Ryas ended up on the wrong side for the right reasons. His family was torn apart, and ultimately, he was incarcerated. This is the story of how he tries to come back from that.” Ryas have a dangerous adventure ahead of him, and while he may be the only one who can do the job, he won’t do it alone. Along the way, players will meet new characters and be reunited with familiar ones, though his past has affected these relationships. McCaw adds, “Having fought for the Shadow Carja, Ryas’ relationship with these characters is, at best adversarial. He must make inroads and amends if he hopes to be accepted.”
Take Hami, a stalwart soldier for the Carja Sundom who was spared the horrors of the Red Raids thanks to her posting as a Border Guard. Even she cannot forgive or forget the atrocities caused by the Shadow Carja, having lost many friends and comrades to the conflict. Known for her sharp wits and quick temper, Hami resents the task of escorting Ryas. Her hatred for what Ryas represents is just one of the challenges he will face. With Horizon Call of the Mountain, players can experience the world of Horizon from a new perspective through Ryas as a compelling new protagonist and the PlayStation VR2 headset. “We built the Horizon experience from the ground up for virtual reality. And for this, we felt we needed a new protagonist. As a master climber, hunter, and explorer, Ryas offers the perfect viewpoint of Horizon’s sweeping vistas and dangerous wilds,” McCaw added.”
Horizon Call of the Mountain launches on February 22 as a PlayStation VR2 exclusive.
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