Last week with PlayStation 5's reveal we got a look at the world premiere teaser for Horizon Zero Dawn's much awaited sequel. Aloy will be returning in Horizon 2 Forbidden West picking up after the events of the initial game. Zero Dawn was released back in February of 2017 and received generally favorable reviews from both critics and users. A sequel was more or less confirmed based on the success of Zero Dawn (5th best selling ps exclusive with 10 million copies sold worldwide) and narrative which left ample room for more stories.
The world premiere for Horizon 2 Forbidden West gave us a glimpse of what seemed like Guerrilla's upgraded Decima Engine streaming the game in real-time on the PlayStation 5. We have already seen the enhanced rendering capabilities of the engine in Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding last year so saying the open world of Forbidden West will be anything less than mesmerizing would be an understatement. The game will once again follow Aloy of the Nora tribe on a quest for discovery and answers. From what I understood from the trailer, a mysterious red blight is rapidly spreading throughout earth killing all life and the fate of the world may once again be in Aloy's hand.
The title Forbidden West actually refers to a mysterious new frontier that stretches from Utah all the way to the Pacific ocean - Mathijs De Jonge
In a YouTube video uploaded by PlayStation. Horizon Forbidden West's Game Director Mathijs De Jonge talks about the game's open world and how the PlayStation 5's SSD made it possible to stream such a detailed and immersive open world with possibly no loading screen. "Horizon Forbidden West is an open world action RPG that takes place in the distant future" said De Jonge as he further explains that the player will once again play as Aloy, a hunter of the Nora tribe who is on a quest to solve mysteries and secrets 'that will change her life forever' which sounds pretty damn interesting to me!
He further goes on to say that ever since the first game (Zero Dawn) Guerrilla really wanted to make a world that is so beautiful that players will just wanna be there. Well Zero Dawn's open world was extremely immersive with an addicting narrative and if they want to surpass that level and set a new benchmark for open world games I'm ready to pre-order the game today.
For the sequel we wanted to go wider and deeper
Mathijs says "For the sequel we wanted to go wider and deeper so the map is a bit bigger" which means that not only we will be getting a bigger map than the initial game but also the ability to navigate underwater. If Guerrilla are allowing underwater exploration then it is safe to bet on the possibility of having underwater quests designed for the game. "We have been working very hard to create a worthy sequel and we are aiming to release the game next year in 2021" said Mathijs at the end of the video and I'm hoping its a similar release window as the original game (February) because I cannot wait to dive back into the post apocalyptic world and see what new mysteries lie ahead. I trust Guerrilla to do right by their fans and not take the same route Naughty Dog took with The Last Of Us, that being said let's go ahead and take a look at the world premiere once again.