Guerrilla Games showed up at gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live presentation today to discuss Horizon Forbidden West. Although the Sony studio didn't have any new gameplay to share from the upcoming third-person action game, it did reveal a change to the launch plans. The studio has ditched the 2021 launch window and is now targeting February 18, 2022 for the release.
Game director Mathijs de Jonge of Guerrilla said Horizon Forbidden West is in its final stretch of development, but because the studio was not certain it can polish the game to its standards for a launch this year, the decision to delay had to be made.
"It’s no surprise that our teams were hugely impacted by the global pandemic," Jonge adds. "We have been adjusting to new workflows, protocols, and other challenges, while keeping our teams safe and prioritizing a healthy work/life balance."
While PlayStation fans will now be waiting longer for the next entry, they can pass the time by going back to Horizon Zero Dawn, which has just received its performance enhancing update on the PlayStation 5. This update has the game targeting 60 frames per second on the new console.
For those looking for gameplay from the sequel, the previous State of Play in May this year had a rather long demo where Aloy went up against a machine elephant among other combatants.
Horizon Forbidden West is launching across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 systems. While the first game arrived to PC last year, there has been no talk from Sony about the sequel heading to the platform.