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.