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If you had "Horizon Forbidden West gets pushed back to next year" on your 2021 bingo card, take a bow. Guerrilla Games' hotly antipcated PlayStation sequel has indeed been delayed into 2022. Announced during Gamescom's Opening Night Live, Aloy's next adventure will now release on February 18. Barring any further delays, of course.
Horizon Forbidden West was first announced last summer for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 with a vague 2021 release window. Of course as the year has ticked on, most of us started to become less and less certain that the open-world sequel would avoid being delayed. Not that we're complaining! Horizon Forbidden West has a lot to live up to, and developing any game in the middle of a pandemic must be unimaginably difficult. Take your time and get it right. We're not going anywhere.
Take a look at Horizon Forbidden West in action below. It certainly looks like it'll be worth the wait.
"It's no surprise that our teams were hugely impacted by the global pandemic; we have been adjusting to new workflows, protocols, and other challenges, while keeping our teams safe and prioritizing a healthy work/life balance," game director Mathijs de Jonge explained of the decision on the PlayStation Blog.
"While the decision to move the game's launch to 2022 certainly wasn't easy, we'd like to take a moment to thank all of our fans for their unwavering support; we know how much you've been looking forward to reuniting with Aloy and her friends, continuing her story, and exploring a new and more dangerous world. Your passion, fan art, cosplay, virtual photography, and videos have meant the world to all of us,"
While we wait for the new game to land, a free PlayStation 5 update for Horizon Zero Dawn is available to download now that allows the 2017 game to run at 60fps on the new-gen console. That's as good an excuse as any to revisit a modern classic.
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