We knew that Horizon Forbidden West, the much-anticipated sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, wouldn’t be a PS5 launch title. But we didn’t know it’d still be almost a year before the game hits Sony’s new console. That sucks.
Sony just released a brand new trailer to hype the release of the PS5. Probably unnecessary, but you know how marketing budgets are at these big console releases. Anyway, the trailer is called “New Worlds To Explore” and it basically shows some repeat gameplay footage for Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, and of course, Horizon Forbidden West.
And in the fine print, Sony gives us some release windows. Expect to see Demon’s Souls and Miles Morales on launch day, November 12. Gran Turismo 7 and Ratchet & Clank aren’t coming until the first half of 2021. Returnal wasn’t even given a release window, but previous updates from the developer said it’ll be here in early 2021.
As for Horizon Forbidden West, Sony said not to expect that until the second half of 2021.
The trailer itself seems to try to convince people to get a PS5 now while glossing over the fact that all these PS5 games won’t actually be out for a while. That’s not to say there isn’t any value in buying a PS5–there’s a bunch of games that will receive enhancements on the PS5 on launch day. But if you were looking for a truly next-gen title, your options are going to be very limited.
Forbidden West is the most anticipated PS5 exclusive, according to previous surveys, but it’s absence from the PS5’s launch lineup doesn’t seem to have harmed pre-sales.
We don’t know a whole lot about Horizon Forbidden West, but we do know that it’ll feature a mechanism for flight. Sunwings are like robotic pterodactyls that Aloy can fly to get from point A to point B–a handy feature, and hopefully one we don’t have to wait until December of 2021 for.
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