PlayStation’s State of Play has released 14 minutes of gameplay for Horizon Forbidden West, the sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn.
Protagonist Aloy is back for the sequel, and the footage sees her attempting to rescue returning character Erend from a rebel faction of the Tenakth tribe who can ride and control their world’s machine creatures.
As a PlayStation blog post explains, Erend was sent into what’s left of San Francisco to recover an artifact. Horizon Forbidden West’s story takes place six months after the first game and, as the title suggests, takes the player westward. “Aloy, a machine hunter, has travelled west to investigate a mysterious and deadly blight. In these uncharted lands, she will meet strange new tribes and encounter ever more deadly machines,” describes the blog post. “Together with old friends and new companions, she must brave this dangerous frontier to find the answers she needs to save life on Earth.”
The sequel provides Aloy with some new tools including the Focus Scanner for highlighting spots for free-climbing, the Pullcaster for speedier climbing and environmental grappling, the Shieldwing to enable safe descents from great heights (a bit like grabbing on to the pods in Nier: Automata when jumping), and the Diving Mask for underwater exploration. Additionally, Aloy can override more machines to ride or fight with.
Horizon Forbidden West will be available on PS5 and PS4, although there's no release date yet. It’s currently unknown if the game will be released on PC as well. Horizon Zero Dawn came to PC in 2020.
You can watch the gameplay video below: