During the Gamescom Opening Night Live Showcase, Horizon Forbidden West developer Guerrilla games revealed the long-awaited sequel’s release date has been delayed. Horizon Forbidden West is now set to launch on February 18 after originally being scheduled to launch this holiday season.
In the next entry of the Horizon franchise, players will continue to play as the protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn: Aloy. The threat in her latest adventure is a strange new red fauna that seems to kill everything in its path, save for the robotic giants inhabiting the Earth.
The game is also moving to a new location, one that should be familiar to anyone living on the west coast of the U.S. Horizon Forbidden West will take players to a post-apocalyptic version of San Francisco, complete with a still-standing Golden Gate Bridge. Players will be able to venture through the ruined city and swim through its now-pristine waters. The game will also make use of the PlayStation 5’s next-gen hardware, with Horizon Forbidden West game director Mathijs De Jonge saying, “With the additional power of the PS5, we can make the world even more detailed, more vibrant, more immersive.”
Players will also have access to a wealth of new equipment in Horizon Forbidden West. While a full list isn’t available, a recent State of Play event focusing on the game revealed that Aloy will have access to a grappling hook, rebreather, and a glider that harkens back to Link’s in Breath of the Wild.
Along with a release date for Horizon Forbidden West, Guerrilla games revealed that a next-generation patch that enables 60 frames-per-second gameplay for Horizon Zero Dawn is now live on the PlayStation 5.