Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Horizon Forbidden West Coming in 2021

Dutch game director Mathijs de Jonge of Guerrilla games reveals Horizon Forbidden West is coming in 2021.

As an official sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, upcoming action role-playing game Horizon Forbidden West was announced at PlayStation 5 Reveal Event by developer Guerrilla Games and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Now that Forbidden West is finally revealed for PS5, game director Mathijs de Jonge decides to talk about its post-apocalyptic story settings, release window and some more in-game details in a newly released developer diary from Sony.

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Horizon Forbidden West Coming in 2021

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Mathijs de Jonge talks about more details from recent reveal of Horizon sequel last week in a new video.




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Forbidden West was no surprise to series fans at all and was surely one of the biggest reveals from PS5 showcase. Although Horizon II will not debut as a launch title for PS5, it will arrive within first year of Sony's next-gen console lifetime.

Series protagonist Aloy returns for her second greatest adventure in a distant future open-world that is taken over by machines. She goes out on a journey to find answers to unknown secrets representing her own clan, Nora tribe.

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HFW will pick up from where the first game ended and take players from Utah to Pacific Ocean in West though deserts, ruined cities and valleys. Forbidden West will have maps bigger than that of Horizon Zero Dawn, according to de Jonge.

He adds that there will be "virtually no loading screens" due to brand-new SSD in PlayStation 5, one of its prominent features. It emphasizes on immersion by dynamically changing environments when you travel from one place to another.

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Mathijs de Jonge had the following to say about in-game world and fast-travel mechanics of Horizon II.

With the additional power of the PlayStation 5, we can make our world even more detailed and more vibrant and more immersive. With the PS5's SSD there will be virtually no loading screens So, in an open-world game like Horizon Forbidden West, if you open up the map and fast-travel from one end to the other, restarting from a checkpoint will be super fast. When you boot up the game, you're right there in the action.

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There were rumors of a follow-up to Horizon Zero Dawn from earlier this year from job posting and dev teasing. Shortly ahead of recent announcement, Guerrilla Games launched a comic-book series to tie-in with events from the game.

Contrary to what many have expected, Horizon II: Forbidden West will not be joining launch lineup of PlayStation 5. Its predecessor title HZD became one of the best-selling PlayStation 4 titles of all time by selling over 10 million copies.