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Horizon Forbidden West arrives on February 18, 2022

The long-awaited sequel gets a release date, pre-orders start soon, and the much-requested 60fps patch for Horizon Zero Dawn is now live!

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Doge53d ago

Not surprised. People keep dismissing the Pandemic as an excuse, but here we are.

Looking forward to it regardless!

EvertonFC52d ago

Agreed the whole pandemic has pushed everything back 6/12months

TheDoomedGuy52d ago

Playstation also does tend to keep releases away from Christmas and holidays.

Tons of triple A games release around those times so they know that gamers will be entertained.

Sunny_D52d ago

Even though they do, I don't think they intended for all off these games to be delayed just to avoid the Holidays. The only thing they have would be Deathloop.

TheDoomedGuy52d ago

@sunnyd

I'd agree if Sony didn't make it a habit of delaying games past the holidays.

CaptainHenry91652d ago (Edited 52d ago )

It never had an official release date to begin with. So how was this game even delayed 🤔

Doge52d ago

Both of these videos state a target window of 2021:

https://youtu.be/qIyz_7Hz3U...
https://youtu.be/2KROCZ1q4O...

And from the blog itself:

"While the decision to move the game’s launch to 2022 certainly wasn’t easy"

That's called a delay.

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Gameseeker_Frampt52d ago

@Doge

How soon before we can stop blaming Covid for things that have been happening long before it? While Covid didn't help, video game delays have been a running joke for the entirety of last generation. Horizon: Zero Dawn was also delayed from 2016 to February 2017. https://blog.playstation.co...

Snakeeater2552d ago

It’s just lazy excuses. It’s call bad développer and bad planification

badz14952d ago

hey, Halo Infinite started production like 4 years before covid and yet we still get covid as one of the excuse. so...maybe after that?

jBlakeeper52d ago

Pretty much all of Sony’s first party titles get delayed at least once. I can’t think of one that hasn’t been delayed really.

DarXyde52d ago

The original Horizon was delayed, sure. But that doesn't mean Covid is not a valid explanation. People are able to plan around it, work from home, etc., but there are still plenty of unknowns that pop up. For example, isn't it possible that key devs have had family emergencies related to Covid or they themselves have contracted the virus? And that just calling it "Covid related issues" is a blanket term that protects their privacy?

I genuinely believe that it is Covid for a very simple reason: Sony actually seems to have gotten much better with estimating their release windows and have been making announcements later into games' development cycles. Granted, I never mind the delays because they work out splendidly and the games are better for it, but I do believe it's a valid explanation. Covid is quite unpredictable in its mutations and policies/restrictions are being implemented in the fly. These are not normal times and I think it's fair to attribute these challenges to that.

NeoGamer23252d ago

I don't think it really matters why a game is delayed. There are numerous reasons games get delayed. Problems in development, COVID, ambitious vision, unpolished/tested, etc.

It matters that the developer/publisher cares about it and decided to delay the game to ensure it meets the vision they intended for the game rather then releasing it in a bad or unpolished state. - That should be the reason for delays.

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Orchard53d ago

So the delay rumors were accurate - bummed that we won't have this for Holiday, but not a huge delay.

blackblades53d ago

If everything went the way they planned it before covid it wouldve been great for ps5 owners

Orchard53d ago

Yeah - Covid has really screwed the industry. So many game delays, and getting hardware for consumers is near impossible.

Granted, it feels silly to complain given it’s obviously had much worse impact on others.

CaptainHenry91652d ago

That's true but its been great for Sony fans for a year now.. Sony already released a few games this year and last year already. Rachet and Clank, Returnal, Demon Soul's, and Spider-Man miles morales.

THRASHMOUTH52d ago

I don't know why you got downvoted, it was an honest and factual statement.

gamer780452d ago

maybe they'll take this time to fix her face not a fan of the new look...

Aphelion8252d ago

Don't mind the chubby look. Fat or chubby people are humans too.

gamer780452d ago

I didn’t say her face looks bad it’s just inconsistent of her character design which I’m not a fan of. You are free to like the change but it’s still not consistent .

@Atticus aphelion82

DarXyde52d ago

I wasn't a fan of Nero's design in Devil May Cry V, or Vergil's, who really should be treated as a Dante's brother, rather than his twin.

I got over it very quickly though because I'm an adult. You don't have to like it, but to say it needs to be "fixed" is just a bizarre comment to me.

gamer780452d ago (Edited 52d ago )

@DarXyde i prefer the adults that make the game change it, but whether one has to "get over it" or not is irrelevant to the validity of the opinion itself.

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DarXyde52d ago

I think you misunderstand, lad.

Your opinion isn't invalid. Of course not. I'm saying that what you originally said is bizarre:

You said "maybe they'll take this time to fix her face" —that is not the same as what you're saying now, which is "change".

You don't have to be a fan of it. I just didn't understand why we're talking about fixing it. That implied there is something factually wrong with it.

I promise I'm not trying to be pedantic. I am replying in good faith to your post as I understood it, as it was written. My point is pretty simple: if we use an example, changing your windows is not the same as fixing them. Fixing them implies damage was done/they're broken. Changing implies a matter of preference. So when you say "fix", I disagree with that. Fictional characters and all, it makes little sense to me.

gamer780452d ago

DarXyde thats fair, i'm being dramatic with the "fix" part, just my opinion that they don't didn't need to change her face, it doesn't really fit her environment and active lifestyle, all just my opinion.

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DarXyde51d ago

No harm, lad. I hadn't given much thought to her design choice, honestly. More than anything, I'm just excited to give it a go. It's possible this is more of what they would like with Aloy. To be fair, Guerilla seems like a dev where if you complain about these things, they'll double down.

Who knows?

Either way, I'm sure we understand each other now. Cheers, mate.

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CaptainHenry91652d ago

What delay? It never had an official release date

Bathyj52d ago

They said 2021. It's delayed.

Orchard52d ago

Did you read the article? It's literally in the PlayStation blog post above:

"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;"

- Mathijs de Jonge Game Director, Guerrilla

blackblades52d ago

@Bathyj thought they said they'll try to have it 2021 after. It was planned for 2021 but not gurentee

darthv7252d ago

There were several articles that had been submitted last month about the rumored delay. They were canceled due to anonymous sources but yet... here we are.

Here are a couple that i know of.
https://n4g.com/news/243282...
https://n4g.com/news/243284...

Orchard52d ago (Edited 52d ago )

@darthv72 One of those was flagged by me and here I am commenting on an article about the now confirmed delay - I can confirm that eating crow does not taste good :P

But in all seriousness, I'm just following the rules of the site - if they change it up to allow anonymous rumors then great =]

CaptainHenry91652d ago (Edited 52d ago )

They never guarantee a 2021 release date though. It was just a target date. They said they'll try to launch it in 2021. Basically it would have only been a 2 month delay after 2021 but not a one year delay or multiple delays like some other games

Orchard52d ago

@CaptainHenry916 "They never guarantee a 2021 release date though"

No release date for a game is a 'guarantee' - every release date is a 'target date'.

"Basically it would have only been a 2 month delay after 2021 but not a one year delay or multiple delays like some other games"

Right... 2 months or 2 years... it's still a delay which you said there wasn't.

UltraNova52d ago

When a dev is targeting a year, without putting down a hard date and we are approaching the end of that year, it means the game is probably not ready to be released this year. I don't know why anyone is surprised by this to be honest.

wwinterj52d ago

You're correct @CaptainHenry916. They never came out and said a official date until now. They said they had a target window but could miss it so now the media are screaming a delay while some folk parrot it on youtube or around the internet. Something can't be delayed when it never had a official release date to begin with.

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CobraKai52d ago

At least there’s a 60 fps PS5 patch for the first game to hold us over

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Muigi53d ago

60fps patch for Zero Dawn!

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darthv7252d ago

As far as delays go... it happens. but how is nobody talking about this part ^^... that is huge news.

Tacoboto52d ago

I really *really* thought that this 60fps patch wouldn't come.

That Death Stranding (so far) even with a newer version of Decima didn't get a 60fps patch for its PS4 version was also telling to me. But here it is - HZD PS4 in 60fps. Not a $10 upgrade, not a $20 Remastered only included as an in-app purchase.

Props to Guerrilla and Sony on this.

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Darkborn52d ago

I figured as much. I still think playstation is getting a bunch of stuff out of the way for their conference I've always thought would be mid September. I think right after deathloop launches they will have an event.

EvertonFC52d ago

Playstation experience in December is my guess?

Darkborn52d ago

They said more shown in summer. Summer ends sep 22nd. Idk though, could be a state of play too.

-Foxtrot52d ago

Annoyed it won't come out this year but the holidays will be packed with COD, Battlefield, Halo, Back 4 Blood, Far Cry 6, Guardians of the Galaxy, Forza Horizon 5, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Dying Light 2: Stay Human

CaptainHenry91652d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Dying Light 2 and Far Cry 6 is the only game I'm looking forward too. The others I'm doing a wait and see approach

Snakeeater2552d ago

Both are going to be delayed to 2022 haha

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neutralgamer199252d ago (Edited 52d ago )

Fox

What's amazing every game that you listed I have zero interest in 😂. But I do have a huge backlog so I don't think I'm complaining

jznrpg52d ago

Dying Light 2 the only one of those that interest me at all

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JEECE52d ago

I was excited for Back 4 Blood until I played the beta...oof. Fortunately L4D2 is as good as ever.

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