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The Horizon Forbidden West State of Play was shown last night (May 27) and, well, the next edition in Aloy's adventures looks stunning. The 14 minutes of gameplay captured on a PlayStation 5 has blown fans away with its gorgeous environments and game mechanics, showing just some of what's in store for players. GG Guerrilla Games, you've impressed us.
Aloy has left her old stomping grounds and has headed onto the Forbidden West, which is revealed in this new video to be San Francisco one thousand years in the future. The lush environment is cut through with old architecture and wrecked derelict cars. The scenery is full and even more complex than the Zero Dawn's with a lot more variety in environment heights, traversal methods, and pathways to Aloy's objective.
It's hard to describe just how stunning the new map looks so far, so do watch the Horizon Forbidden West State of Play below...
And with all these new innovations in environment design comes new toys to play with. We see Aloy use a grappling hook several times during the video, allowing her to get to all sorts of otherwise unreachable places. She has, of course, her bow and staff, but even they have new capabilities, such as the staff's AOE electricity attack which strikes the ground and shocks enemies. Aloy also travels underwater, swimming below machines to avoid their detection, and it looks like these submerged areas have their own obstacles and difficulties, with strong currents to avoid.
Of course, there are also new enemies in the game. Raiders have learned to control machines like Aloy can, but they're using them in nefarious ways. We meet Clawstriders for the first time in-game - fierce, velociraptor-like machines that Aloy and enemies alike can ride. The State of Play also introduces us to Tremortusks, huge mammoth-based machines that multiple raiders can ride to attack Aloy. Both look incredible, but equally, they look like they're going to present us with challenging battles.
The entire Horizon Forbidden West State of Play is a great look at what's next in the story of PlayStation exclusives, with the game coming to both PS4 and PS5 sometime in the not-so-distant future (alas, no release date was confirmed). But before we get to see how Aloy fares, we'll be rejoining two old PlayStation pals in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart in June.
Featured Image Credit: Guerrilla Games
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