Horizon Forbidden West for PS5: Everything you need to know


Aloy is back in action for the next generation.

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

One of the biggest games revealed at the PlayStation 5 showcase was Horizon Forbidden West. Developed by Guerrilla Games, this PS5 title is bringing the Decima engine and everything it’s capable of to next-generation hardware.

Aloy returns as a protagonist, heading into the former western U.S. There are new threats, new machines, and new lush lands to explore. Here’s everything we know about Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 so far.

  • What is Horizon Forbidden West?
  • Horizon Forbidden West trailers
  • Horizon Forbidden West story, gameplay and features
  • Is Horizon Forbidden West coming to PS4?
  • Is Horizon Forbidden West coming to PC?
  • Horizon Forbidden West release date

What is Horizon Forbidden West?

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Forbidden West is a sequel to Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn, released in 2017. It’s an action role-playing game that takes place in the 31st century, in a world where humanity now exists in tribes and gigantic mechanical lifeforms roam the earth. Players play as Aloy, a young woman cast out of the Nora tribe who works to uncover the mysteries of the machines, what happened to the previous humans, and the current threat set to destroy the world.

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Horizon Forbidden West follows the events of Horizon Zero Dawn, as Aloy travels west and seeks to discover who sent a signal that activated HADES, an AI attempting to destroy all life.

Can I check out some Horizon Forbidden West trailers?

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

You can see the Horizon Forbidden West reveal trailer from The Future of Gaming PS5 event below:

Horizon Forbidden West story, gameplay and features

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Zero Dawn was an action-RPG and Horizon Forbidden West will be as well. The story appears to be taking place in what was formerly the Western U.S., with the ruins of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco clearly visible in the trailer. Aloy is seeking to understand a mysterious corruption damaging the environment. At the same time, Sylens is in possession of HADES, seeking to understand the signal that first reactivated the AI.

While gameplay in this sequel will likely be similar to its predecessor, the scope of the game is almost certainly larger. We also see Aloy traveling along a beach and diving underwater with a breathing apparatus, suggesting underwater exploration will be a large focus in-game.

We’ve also seen some new machines:

  • A turtle-like creature resting in a swamp.
  • Mammoth-esque machines being used as beasts of war by an unknown tribe.

Is Horizon Forbidden West coming to PS4?

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

No, Horizon Forbidden West is being developed exclusively for the PS5 right now. A PS4 version would hold back the overall scope and features of the game, so Guerrilla is choosing to target next-generation hardware.

Is Horizon Forbidden West coming to PC?

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment

As of right now, Horizon Forbidden West has only been announced for PS5. With that said, the first game, Horizon Zero Dawn, is coming to PS5 sometime later in 2020. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Horizon Forbidden West arrives on PC sometime after its PS5 release.

What’s the release date?

Like most PS5 games at The Future of Gaming showcase, Horizon Forbidden West was not announced with a release date or even a release window. We don’t know when it’ll be out, though the given the size and scale of the world, it’s probably not releasing in 2020.

Both the original Horizon Zero Dawn and its expansion The Frozen Wilds were released in 2017, so Guerrilla has had over three years of development time. As such, it’s likely going to be out sometime in 2021. We’ll be sure to update you when we learn more information.


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