Sony has reportedly delayed Guerrilla Games’ upcoming Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, to the first quarter of 2022. The news comes from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, whose sources claim that the heavily anticipated title won’t debut until next year despite Guerrilla’s hopes of releasing it in time for the 2021 holiday season. In development for both PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles, Horizon Forbidden West will continue the story of Aloy as she makes her way to the sequel’s titular territory in a post-apocalyptic earth that’s been rejuvenated by advanced robots and AI. Sony and Guerrilla premiered its first gameplay footage for Horizon Forbidden West during its State of Play event in May, which demonstrated a huge leap in graphics quality over the original. The inevitable PC port should look even better.
In June, PlayStation Studio head Hermen Hulst said the game’s holiday release date was tentative. “For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season,” he said on the PlayStation blog. “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.”