Horizon Forbidden West started development soon after the first game’s successful release and was originally planned for PS4 before focus shifted to Sony’s next-generation console, VGC’s sources said.
The sequel has protagonist Aloy exploring the new frontier, which stretches from Utah in the USA all the way to the Pacific Ocean in the West. According to Guerrilla, players will explore deserts, valleys and ruined cities full of iconic landmarks.
Horizon Forbidden West will feature “dozens” of new machines, as well as peaceful and hostile tribes. As revealed in Horizon 2’s debut trailer, one of these tribes has discovered how to override machines and use them in combat.
A red blight is also infecting the lands of the Forbidden West, choking wildlife and starving tribes, while the weather has spiralled out of control.
“While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch,” PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said.
“The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.”