Horizon Zero Dawn fans will finally be able to learn what Sylens has been up to early next year, as its highly anticipated sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, has now received an official release date. As revealed by game director Mathijs de Jonge, Guerrilla Games’ next gorgeous epic will be releasing on February 18, 2022.
Guerrilla Games blew away PlayStation gamers in June when it released a real-time gameplay trailer for Horizon Forbidden West that showcased the sequel’s heightened visuals. While the original game remains beautiful to this day, the power of the PS5 will take things to a whole other level with clear improvements in environmental details that include complex foliage and what appears to be a significant bump in draw distance.
Originally released in February 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn introduced players to a post-apocalyptic world in which humans made the stupid mistake of developing military robots that could replicate and survive by absorbing bio matter. One of these “swarms” ended up taking control and basically destroyed all life on earth, but not before an engineer named Dr. Elisabet Sobeck implemented a complex plan involving numerous AIs that would eventually restore the planet with—ironically—more robots.
Horizon Forbidden West will be available for pre-order beginning on September 2, 2021. Guerrilla noted that it would have more information next week, which might include some details on some sort of limited-edition release. The original game featured a Collector’s Edition that included an art book, Aloy statue, steelbook case, and more.
While the decision to move the game’s launch to 2022 certainly wasn’t easy, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our fans for their unwavering support; we know how much you’ve been looking forward to reuniting with Aloy and her friends, continuing her story, and exploring a new and more dangerous world. Your passion, fan art, cosplay, virtual photography, and videos have meant the world to all of us.