Guerrilla Games has confirmed that upcoming adventure Horizon Forbidden West has slipped ever-so-slightly with a delay into February 2022.
Game director Mathijs de Jonge announced the news on the Gamescom Opening Night Live broadcast as well as the PlayStation blog. He revealed that the game had recently passed a major milestone, moving into the final stage of development. “It’s no surprise that our teams were hugely impacted by the global pandemic,” he said. “We have been adjusting to new workflows, protocols, and other challenges, while keeping our teams safe and prioritizing a healthy work/life balance.”
While Jonge said the decision to move the release into 2022 wasn’t easy, he did thank fans for their support. As a thank you, he also revealed an Enhanced Performance patch has now been released for the excellent Horizon: Zero Dawn on PlayStation 5 targeting 60FPS.
It was first rumoured that Horizon Forbidden West may be expecting a delay earlier this month following a report by Bloomberg. At the time, Gamesbeat’s Jeff Grub claimed a source told him that an announcement would be coming in September. It’s unclear if plans moved up a tad, or this was the intention all along.
Either way, Horizon Forbidden West will now launch on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on 18 February 2022.