Horizon Forbidden West is being pushed to February 2022

To all the fans of Aloy, get your hankies out because some sad news is incoming. Horizon Forbidden West – the sequel to Guerrilla Games’ smash hit Horizon Zero Dawn – has been delayed. For a long time, PlayStation Studios’ CEO Hermen Hulst kept us hoping for a 2021 release, but that damn COVID got the better of it. Due to a lot of restrictions, Horizon Forbidden West just isn’t making its original release. Instead, it’s coming in early 2022. February 18, to be exact.

As unfortunate as this news is, it shouldn’t be coming as a bolt from the blue. COVID-19 has disrupted a lot of game development around the globe. Working from home just isn’t as effective as working in the studio itself, especially when it comes to making a massive game such as Forbidden West.

So yeah, Matthijs de Jonge – Forbidden West’s game director – had to break out the bad news on PlayStation Blog. In a pretty corporate (but seemingly heartfelt) message, Matthijs explains that these kinds of decisions are always tough to make, even if they’re inevitable.

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.

On the bright side, there’s also a little bit of good news to soothe the wound. If you really have the urge to scratch that Horizon itch, a new Enhanced Performance patch for Zero Dawn has been added to the game. This will enable 60fps gameplay on the PlayStation 5, which is kinda sweet. If you already own Horizon Zero Dawn, the patch will download automatically. If you don’t own Zero Dawn yet, go get the damn game. It’s well worth the money.