Horizon Forbidden West announced for PS5

Horizon Forbidden West is the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, the hit post-apocalyptic open-world action game starring a fearless young heroine. It’s in development at Guerrilla Games on PlayStation 5, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Thursday during a livestreamed presentation featuring first looks at PS5 games.

Aloy (Ashly Burch) and her associate Sylens (Lance Reddick) will return in Horizon Forbidden West, which will take the characters westward to explore a new frontier of America. The original game already took place in the West, in present-day states like Colorado and Utah, and it seems like the sequel will head to the Pacific coast. The trailer features footage of Aloy swimming around, and there are new machines based on animals such as boars, turtles, and elephants.

Developed by Amsterdam-based Guerrilla Games, Horizon Zero Dawn debuted in February 2017 on PlayStation 4 and ended up being one of the console’s bestselling games, with sales of more than 10 million copies worldwide. It tells the story of Aloy, a young woman on the verge of adulthood who strikes out from her village to track the people who attacked her tribe and tried to kill her. The game takes place in the 31st century, in a world where humanity is living a primitive existence on Earth — with life having been reseeded after it was wiped out entirely during the 21st century by a plague of killer robots.

Earlier this year, Video Games Chronicle reported that Sony has greenlit a trilogy of Horizon Zero Dawn games, which would make the upcoming PS5 sequel the second of three planned entries in the franchise. A Windows PC port of Horizon Zero Dawn is coming this summer. The trailer gave no release date for Horizon Forbidden West; the PS5 is scheduled to launch during the 2020 holiday season.

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