Is Horizon Forbidden West really coming this year?

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Sony recently confirms God of War Ragnarok is not releasing this year, gamers need to wait till 2022 at least. But as Sony and Guerrilla Games already release the gameplay of Horizon Forbidden West, we all were expecting its launch in 2021. Well, there is still uncertainty. That because in a recent interview, the PlayStation Studios head, Hermen Hulst didn’t look so confident on the launch of Horizon Forbidden West this year.

He said, “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.”

So, the main fact is the global pandemic, bringing multiple challenges to Sony.

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“Perhaps the biggest challenge has been when we need specialist locations, often physical locations. Primarily performance capture, audio work. We’ve come up with some really clever solutions to some of this, we built tiny recording studios in people’s houses.”

“But when you’re doing performance capture for a lot of cinematics, with multiple actors — that’s not so simple to solve. So you’ve got a choice. You could do it later in the schedule, which could cause you problems. Or you could risk the final quality by doing it in a different way. But I can tell you, we’re not going to risk the quality. We want to ship extremely high-quality games, finished games, and we have to do that obviously without pushing our teams to the breaking point.”

The Horizon Forbidden West will come to PS4 and PS5, but when? The answer is still unknown.

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Anupam Modak
A CS Engineer and Tech Enthusiast who likes to fiddle with the latest gadgets and tech happenings around the world.

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