The highly-anticipated PlayStation exclusive Horizon Forbidden West has reportedly been delayed to early 2022, per reports by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb (who was speaking on the GrubbSnax news program for Giant Bomb).
Where Grubb seemed to be hedging his bets in his podcast, saying that Sony was still undecided and was planning an announcement in a September State of Play, Schreier is reporting that a decision has been made. Sony has yet to confirm or deny this change of plans publicly, but we will update this story if and when they do.
The sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn had been expected for release in late 2021, with Sony executives repeatedly stating that the Horizon Forbidden West was on target for a launch this year, but also consistently hedging their bets by not giving a firm release date and also leaving the door open to a possible delay. Most recently, PlayStation Studio boss Hermen Hulst said “For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this 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.”
That statement came shortly after the May State of Play and sweeping gameplay reveal, showcasing the game on PlayStation 5 – it will also be coming to PlayStation 4 as a cross-gen exclusive – and new gameplay for swimming, traversal, combat and more.
If Schreier and Grubb’s sources are correct, this would be the latest in a long list of games to miss a 2021 release date, as the industry as a whole deals with the rippling delays to production that has been caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to working from home since March 2020.
Sony’s plans for the first year of the PlayStation 5 have been particularly hard hit, with God of War: Ragnarok (or whatever they end up calling the sequel) and Gran Turismo 7 both pushed back to 2022 – let’s not forget that they are secret cross-gen games, which could be another factor in the development process. The exclusives that they had secured from Bethesda have also been delayed, with Deathloop originally expected at launch and now coming out in September, and Ghostwire: Tokyo now set for 2022.