Horizon Forbidden West was first revealed last year during the PS5 Showcase. The upcoming action role-playing game serve as a sequel to Guerilla Games’ critically-acclaimed Horizon: Zero Dawn. This is easily one of the most highly anticipated games coming to the PlayStation 5.
And today, we’ll be getting our first look at its gameplay. While the announcement trailer set the stage for the continuation of Aloy’s story, we’ll be getting our first proper look at any sort of gameplay improvements or changes through today’s State of Play stream.
When is the Horizon Forbidden West State of Play Stream?
The State of Play event doesn’t actually start until 2PM Pacific Time / 10PM BST / 11PM CEST. However, Sony urges fans to “tune in at your leisure for a uniquely crafted countdown” that begins at 9AM Pacific Time / 5PM BST / 6PM CEST.
I don’t actually know what this means, but perhaps there will be secret clues to discover throughout the countdown.
Further down in the announcement blog, Sony promises a “special State of Play Pre-Show.” Does this mean we’ll also be getting sneak peeks at other upcoming PlayStation games?
Where to watch today’s State of Play?
What will we see?
I’m not too sure about what this whole pre-show is about, but the actual Horizon Forbidden West gameplay reveal will be a 20-minute exclusive segment featuring about 14-minutes “of brand new in-game action featuring our heroic protagonist Aloy.” Although Horizon Forbidden West will be released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, today’s stream features footage captured directly on PlayStation 5.
As we explore this deadly new frontier, we’ll get our first glimpse of some of the mysterious new threats as well as any new tools Aloy will have at her disposal.
In addition to the actual gameplay, I’m hoping we’ll see how Horizon Forbidden West uniquely leverages the PlayStation 5’s unique features, such as 3D spatial audio and the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback. From a graphics and performance point of view, the PS5’s increased processing power and custom solid state drive should not only result in a game that looks better, but also plays better as well.
Horizon Forbidden West is slated to release in 2021, but I doubt we’ll get a release date during today’s stream. I’d look forward to more information this summer, perhaps around the time E3 is held.