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Horizon Forbidden West release date delay announced at Gamescom 2021 Opening Night Live

Turns out everyone is forbidden from playing Horizon in 2021.

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Horizon Forbidden West was one of the first pieces of game software announced by Jim Ryan and Sony Corp. for the PlayStation 5, so many people have been expecting that it would be released before the end of PlayStation fans first year with the new more powerful living room gaming machines.

Aloy’s newest open world adventure has sadly been delayed out of 2021, confirming the Horizon Forbidden West delay leak from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier that upset a lot of people on social media sites and gaming forums earlier on in the year.

Most PlayStation owners will no doubt be disappointed in this piece of news, as they’ve been waiting for a Horizon Forbidden West release date for some time, as PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst had continued to insist it would likely make it to their consoles before the end of 2021. Even after Horizon Forbidden West’s delay announcement at Gamescom, it is set to be the next major first party release on the PlayStation 5 from PlayStation Studios since Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was released back on June 11, 2021.

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So when did Gamescom delay Horizon Forbidden West’s release date until then?

Horizon Forbidden West’s current release date is February 18, 2022. It will be exclusively available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. No PC release has currently been announced, although we expect that one will follow before too long, given the wild success of the original game Horizon Zero Dawn on Steam and the Epic Game Store.

With God of War Ragnarok similarly delayed until 2022, it looks like the biggest release on PlayStation 5 for the rest of the year will be Microsoft’s timed-exclusive Deathloop. Deathloop’s exclusive release situation on the PlayStation 5 is an odd contractual obligation left over from their purchase of Bethesda Softworks and all of it’s studios in September 2020.

Chinese game development studio Nihoyo also announced that Aloy would guest star in Genshin Impact, September 1, 2020. According to an announcement trailer, Aloy will be free to unlock for players around that time. This isn’t the first time Aloy has made a cameo appearance in another popular action game, as she was also added to Fortnite: Battle Royale in April 2021.


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