Sony has revealed new gameplay footage of Horizon Forbidden West in its latest State of Play showcase last night (May 27).
Shown running on PS5 hardware with a mix of real-time gameplay and in-engine cinematics, it’s the first substantial look at Guerrilla Games’ sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth a thousand years into the future taken over by robotic creatures, Horizon Forbidden West takes its protagonist Aloy to a new sunny location. By the end of the 14-minute demo, it transpires that she is in the remnants of San Francisco with the mossy ruins of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
Aloy is seen on a mission to rescue her companion Erend who has been captured by a hostile tribal faction. Besides taking them down in stealth or combat, they are also able to control machines, which culminates with a showdown with a huge mammoth-like machine.
Also shown are some of Aloy’s new abilities. With a Diving Mask she can swim underwater, while she can also glide in the air with a Shieldwing.
Following the demo, both game director Mathijs de Jonge and narrative director Ben McCraw also gave an overview of Horizon Forbidden West‘s story. The newest threat is a mysterious red blight that is devastating the land, and it’s up to Aloy to stop it by seeking out a lost technology from the ruins of the old world.
First announced for PS5, Horizon Forbidden West will also be coming to PS4. No release date has been announced yet.
A recent Sony investors presentation also revealed that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is coming to PC.