Sony showcased Horizon Forbidden West last week in 14 minutes of glorious gameplay. However, while many of us were hoping for a release date, the company did not speak about any release window or plans during the stream. In a blog post detailing their first-party game lineup, alongside the God of War PS5 delay, Sony revealed that Guerrilla Games are currently aiming to release Horizon Forbidden West at the end of 2021.
Sony says that a major setback is a challenge to arrange and record performance capture. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the red tape that comes with video capture, actors and the performance capture needed for games. By the sound of things, it is a major contributor to the delay for God of War and a factor in why Horizon Forbidden West has no release date yet.
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According to Sony, the game is on track for a 2021 release. However, it sounds as if the upcoming open-world action game is going to launch right at the end of the year so expect a December 2021 release date. It might also face a slight delay if things don’t go smoothly.
So we have, currently, two very big, very narrative-driven games in development: Horizon Forbidden West and the next God of War. And for both of those, they’re frankly affected by access to performance capture and talent. For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season. 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.
During the interview, Sony also explained why the developer has decided to release not only Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 but also God of War and Gran Turismo 7. It all boils down to the 110 million PS4 owners that Sony wants to support, for now.
You can’t build a community of over 110 million PS4 owners and then just walk away from it, right? I think that’d be bad news for fans of PS4, and frankly not very good business.
Where it makes sense to develop a title for both PS4 and PS5 — for Horizon Forbidden West, the next God of War, GT7 — we’ll continue looking at that. And if PS4 owners want to play that game, then they can. If they want to go on and play the PS5 version, that game will be there for them.
That being said, it’s also very important to have showpieces for PS5, hence the development of Returnal and Ratchet that are exclusive to PS5.
Catch up on the PS5 gameplay for Horizon Forbidden West down below.
Source: PS Blog