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Horizon Forbidden West Might Not Release in 2021, Sony Reveals

Horizon Forbidden West is one of our most anticipated games of 2021, but it might not release this year.

E3 is just around the corner, and while Sony isn’t attending this year’s showcase, we’re certain to see a major livestream by PlayStation coming soon. After last week’s record-breaking Horizon Forbidden West State of Play, it’s only a matter of time before we see more from the AAA title.

Recently, we learned that God of War Ragnarok is being delayed, and coming to PS4 too! This news is disappointing many fans, who were hoping for another true PS5 exclusive experience dropping this year.

Horizon Forbidden West PS5 Tremortusk
(Source: Guerrilla Games)
Guerrilla Games

But PlayStation Studios Head, Hermen Hulst, also has some disappointing news about Horizon Forbidden West in 2021.

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Horizon Forbidden West Delayed to 2022?

In a recent interview on the PlayStation Blog, Hermen Hulst reveals some potentially bad news for Horizon Forbidden West.

After confirming that God of War Ragnarok will release in 2022, Hulst goes on to talk about the fate of Horizon Forbidden West. The next chapter in Aloy’s adventure is set to release later this year, although Guerrilla Games promises that an exact release date is coming soon.

But as it turns out, even PlayStation Studios doesn’t know when Horizon Forbidden West will release. Due to the difficulty in handling performance capture during a pandemic, the game is seeing some serious delays.

With actors unable to meet and record for the narrative-driven experiences easily, it’s no wonder that development is proving tricky. And Sony is being clear that it won’t sacrifice the game’s quality, nor the wellbeing of its team.

Horizon Forbidden West State of Play
(Source: Guerrilla Games)

“For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season,” Hermen Hulst reveals. “But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can.”

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From the PlayStation Studio Head’s announcement, it’s clear that Horizon Forbidden West could end up releasing in 2022. However, as one of Sony’s biggest games of this year, we imagine PlayStation will be pumping resources into getting the title ready for a Holiday release.

Sony is also confirming that the PS5 stock shortages could be over soon! We’re sure that many gamers will be happy to hear it, as playing Horizon on old hardware isn’t preferable.

After all, our first Horizon Forbidden West gameplay showcases the power of the PS5 and the game looks absolutely stunning. However, we’re yet to see how it will look on a PS4 console.

Horizon Forbidden West State of Play
(Source: Guerrilla Games)

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Not so long ago, we saw Horizon Zero Dawn arrive on PC. Now, with Sony making a big effort to put more games on PC, perhaps one day we’ll see Forbidden West arrive there too.

In the meantime though, this AAA PS4 game is about to come to PC first!

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