Today marks the launch of the anticipated Horizon Forbidden West DLC Burning Shores. Alongside the new content, Guerrilla Games has also released a hefty game update for the title which adds new accessibility features and squashes some bugs. But the new feature to help players who suffer from thalassophobia is the most interesting one.
If you don’t know, thalassophobia is the fear of deep bodies of water. People who suffer from this fear can’t go into certain bodies of water and are also unsettled by images and thoughts of them. This fear covers lakes, seas and oceans.
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As you know, the new Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores DLC has a large focus on swimming underwater. However, even the base game relies heavily on underwater exploration. In the new update, Guerrilla Games says the new thalassophobia accessibility setting will help those with the fear enjoy these sequences.
The setting improves ambient visibility underwater and allows Aloy to breathe indefinitely right from the start of the game. Without the setting, players need to unlock the oxygen tech in order to do so. However, with the setting enabled, this feature won’t be necessary.
“This feature aims to ease thalassophobia symptoms by improving underwater ambient visibility and allowing you to breathe indefinitely, regardless of story progression.”
There are a number of additional accessibility features which arrive with the new update too. Some of which may be helpful to you. This includes enlarging subtitles, auto item pick-ups, colour blind settings, an auto camera mode and a navigation assistant in Focus Mode.
Apart from that, the new update also adds the Burning Shores DLC which is a paid piece of content released today exclusively on PS5. The content sees Aloy venture to the Burning Shores which are a ruined city located in Los Angeles.
“South of the Tenakth Clan Lands, millennia of volcanic eruptions and violent seismic activity have carved the ruins of Los Angeles into a treacherous archipelago. Experience the next chapter of Horizon Forbidden West as Aloy pursues a sinister new threat to the planet, hidden among these dangerous, untamed wilds.”