The release date for Horizon Forbidden West has been officially revealed. The game will be available on the 18th of February 2022, for PS4 and PS5. Guerilla Games revealed this news at Gamescom Opening Night Live, alongside announcing a 60fps patch for Zero Dawn. Pre-orders will be going live next week on September 2nd, likely with a couple of special editions.
The highly anticipated PlayStation sequel was originally slated to release in the second half of 2021, but due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the desire for a high level of polish the release date has been pushed back to early 2022. This confirms the rumours that were circulated last month about the decision to delay the game.
Players will be reunited with Aloy as she ventures into the ‘Forbidden West’. She will come across new threats, both machine and human, in search of a cure to a mysterious infection that is killing the land. The last time we saw the game was at the PlayStation State of Play a couple of months ago. The first gameplay was shown here featuring new traversal mechanics, a Tremortusk boss battle, and the gorgeous locales of post-post-apocalyptic California.
This also marked a development milestone as the team moved into the final stages of polish and refinement. At that time they were uncertain about the release date for Forbidden West. However, they now seem confident that the extra couple of months will allow for a solid launch. Many fans may be disappointed as the game is likely why many people bought a PS5 as it was revealed in the build-up to the console’s release. Regardless, as they say, a delayed game will always be better because of it. The 60fps update for Zero Dawn will help tide people over.