The reveal was made in the September issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine. According to the article, Horizon Forbidden West will be set between Utah and the Pacific Ocean.
Aloy’s journey will involve traveling across California, Nevada, and some regions of Utah. The announcement trailer showcased Aloy exploring San Francisco, with the inclusion of the the Ferry Building, and the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
It is also said that Horizon Forbidden West‘s map will be bigger than that of Horizon Zero Dawn. Director Mathijs de Jonge said in a video that the PlayStation 5 has allowed the team to push beyond their limits in creating an expansive open world.
Horizon Forbidden West will see Aloy go up against a new threat, named the Red Blight, a mass of red vines that infect its way into lifeforms and the environment. The red blight is also seemingly responsible for the “supercell storms,” a chaotic swirl of wind and red lightning that covers the sky.
HADES is also expected to return in the game, since it was not entirely defeated at the end of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Horizon Forbidden West is expected to launch on PlayStation 5 in 2021.