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New Horizon Forbidden West details: release window, map size, dynamic storms and more

Published: 12:40, 18 June 2020
Updated: 12:50, 18 June 2020
Horizon Forbidden West screenshot showing jungle
Horizon Forbidden West

Guerrilla Games have shared a bunch of new details about their upcoming heavy-hitter Horizon Forbidden West. The devs confirmed the game will not have any loading times and also commented on the map size, weather system and 2021 release date.

In the latest Horizon Forbidden West video, Sony and Guerrilla Games have talked about a lot of game's exciting new features. Game director Mathijs de Jonge mentioned the release window, the size of the open-world, various tribes and factions and more.


Sadly, the game will not be a launch title for PlayStation 5. The developers are aiming for a 2021 release and that about everything we know about the launch date.


We found out that Horizon Forbidden West will have a bigger map than its predecessor Horizon Zero Dawn. "For the sequel, we wanted to go wider and deeper, so the map is a bit bigger," de Jonge confirmed. On top of this, the game will feature hidden underwater areas for players to explore. "We wanted to let players discover what lies hidden beneath lakes and rivers."


Thanks to SSD in PS5, there will be virtually no loading screens. "If you open up the map and fast travel from one end to the other; restarting from the checkpoint will be super fast," de Jonge said.

Sony Horizon Forbidden West screenshot showing aloy diving Horizon Forbidden West will feature underwater areas for exploration


New hostile and peaceful tribes will be in the game. One of the tribes, that by the looks of it will be the main threat in the game, has the knowledge to control the machines and use them as "beasts of war in combat".


The Game Director also mentioned a new threat for the collapsing biosphere. Red Blight affects animals, plants and the earth while the weather has spiralled out of control resulting in massive supercell storms all over the open world. 

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