Aloy’s next adventure may be coming a little later than hoped, as it’s being reported that Horizon Forbidden West is about to be delayed from its original intended release of this Holiday season into Q1 2022.
The news comes by way of Boomberg, who cites “a person familiar with the matter” as their source. The report also backs up claims by GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb, claiming on his regular Giant Bomb show that he had a source claiming Sony would announce the delay in a broadcast around September.
While PlayStation are yet to confirm the story, it’s worth noting back in June that PlayStation Studios’ own Hermen Hulst did warn a slip was possible. At the time, he said “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.”
Although it’ll be a shame if this rumour turns out to be true, it’s entirely understandable. The global pandemic has had a huge impact on production schedules for almost every game over the past year-and-a-bit. Of course, 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn was excellent, so we’re happy to wait a little longer for the sequel to potentially improve on that.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see if these reports of the Horizon Forbidden West delay do indeed come to pass. The game is in development for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.