Considering the fact that the date is August 25th and we still didn’t have a release date for Horizon Forbidden West, it didn’t come as a surprise when Guerrilla Games delayed the game at Gamescom Opening Night Live today.

HFW‘s Director, Mathijs De Jonge, who also Directed the original game, took to the official PlayStation Blog to explain the delay to the millions (and millions!) of Horizon fans worldwide.

At that time, Horizon Forbidden West had just passed a major milestone and we had entered the final stage of development; on track, but a bit uncertain if we’d be able to polish the game to the level of quality we strive for.

It’s no surprise that our teams were hugely impacted by the global pandemic; we have been adjusting to new workflows, protocols, and other challenges, while keeping our teams safe and prioritizing a healthy work/life balance.

Today we are delighted to confirm that our long-awaited sequel is coming to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on February 18, 2022. Pre-orders start on September 2, 2021, so look out for more information on that next week.

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.

While we wait a few more months for the game, Guerrilla Games did drop the much requested 60FPS update for Horizon Zero Dawn that fans have been begging for! Read the full changelog here while you wait for the download to finish.

What kind of special editions do you think they’ll announced next week for Horizon Forbidden West? I went back and bought the original Collector’s Edition off ebay after the game released. I won’t make that same mistake this time with HGW!

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