During the PS5 reveal event, a highlight was Guerrilla Games unveiling the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel with a gorgeous trailer. Game director Mathijs de Jonge delves into some details on Horizon Forbidden West to give us a look at what we should expect in Aloy’s next adventure.
The title itself is a wink at the map size of the game. It will stretch from Utah to the pacific ocean. This will offer plenty of variety in environments, just like the 2017 game. Traversing around a massive area seems daunting when it comes to loading screens, but Jonge talks about how the PS5’s powerful SSD help eliminate as many loading screens as possible.
“Ever since the first game, we really wanted to make the world so beautiful that you just want to be there,” the director said. “With the additional power of the PlayStation 5, we can make that world even more detailed and more vibrant and more immersive. With the PS5’s SSD there will be virtually no loading screens, so an open-world game like Horizon Forbidden West, if you open up the map and fast travel from end to the other, restarting from a checkpoint, will be super fast. When you boot up the game, you’re right there in the action.”
He continues into the variety of places players can explore. Swimming will add an extra layer to exploration, but the game director warns about how the world will be even more dangerous than before. He says there will be “dozens of new machines” as new threats for Aloy.
New tribes will be introduced. Some of which will be friendly, others will be hostile. One of these groups seems to be the main antagonist, at least as we know so far. They have the power to take control of the mechanical animals to use for their own agenda. They will outfit their machines with extra gear to make them even stronger.
The narrative will focus on dangerous climate changes and a red blight that is killing everything in its path. Aloy must figure out what is happening and how to fix the problem, or else humans and wildlife may go extinct.
To no surprise, Jonge ended it there without giving away too many Horizon Forbidden West details. The game will release on PS5 sometime in 2021.