Horizon Forbidden West has reportedly been delayed to 2022

Aloy’s next adventure seems to be headed into next year

Horizon Forbidden West has been delayed into next year, according to a new report from Bloomberg. While it had previously been eyeing this holiday season, this report indicates the Zero Dawn follow-up will aim for the first quarter of 2022 instead.

First reported by Jeff Grubb on the Grubbsnax podcast over at Giant Bomb, Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier followed up the report with a tweet, clarifying that his understanding is that “the game was delayed a little while ago.”

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg.

Horizon Forbidden West is Guerrilla Games’ follow-up to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn, once again following Aloy as she ventures across a North American continent filled with dinosaur-alike machines. It was supposed to arrive sometime in 2021, though no release date was announced at the recent Horizon Forbidden West State of Play in May.

In a June interview over on the PlayStation blog, Hulst said of Horizon Forbidden West that he thought the team was on track to launch this coming 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.”

Sony Santa Monica Studio also confirmed in June that the next God of War title was being pushed back to 2022 as well, though no specific window was given. “We remain focused on delivering a top-quality game while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our team, creative partners, and families,” read the studio’s statement.

With 10 million PlayStation 5 units sold, those are two fairly big-name exclusives. We’re still waiting for official confirmation, but hopefully if Horizon Forbidden West is moving into the new year, it means a little more time for the studio to work on the project.

Eric Van Allen