As has been thought for sev­er­al months, Hori­zon For­bid­den West has been delayed to 2022. Devel­op­er Guer­ril­la Games announced the unfor­tu­nate delay dur­ing Gamescom Open­ing Night Live, say­ing it was in part due to the pan­dem­ic and the stu­dio’s want to pol­ish the game fur­ther. These rea­son led to them mak­ing the deci­sion to push the game to next year. It will now be released on Feb­ru­ary 18th, 2022.

It’s no sur­prise that our teams were huge­ly impact­ed by the glob­al pan­dem­ic; we have been adjust­ing to new work­flows, pro­to­cols, and oth­er chal­lenges, while keep­ing our teams safe and pri­or­i­tiz­ing a healthy work/life bal­ance,” game direc­tor Math­i­js de Jonge said on the PlaySta­tion Blog.

While the deci­sion to move the game’s launch to 2022 cer­tain­ly was­n’t easy, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our fans for their unwa­ver­ing sup­port; we know how much you’ve been look­ing for­ward to reunit­ing with Aloy and her friends, con­tin­u­ing her sto­ry, and explor­ing a new and more dan­ger­ous world. Your pas­sion, fan art, cos­play, vir­tu­al pho­tog­ra­phy, and videos have meant the world to all of us,” the direc­tor went on to add.

For­bid­den West­’s delay isn’t all that sur­pris­ing, since PlaySta­tion Stu­dios head Her­man Hulst men­tioned a pos­si­ble delay back in June. At the time, he said “we think we are on track to release this hol­i­day sea­son” but stat­ed that it was­n’t “quite cer­tain yet.”

Pre­orders for Hori­zon For­bid­den West open on Sep­tem­ber 2nd and are avail­able for both PlaySta­tion 4 and PlaySta­tion 5.

Although the wait will be a bit before we get our hands on For­bid­den West, there is some good news. Guer­ril­la Games announced a new 60fps Patch for Hori­zon: Zero Dawn, and it’s out right now for PS5 owners.