Horizon Forbidden West has apparently been delayed into the first quarter of 2022. Bloomberg's Jason Schreier first reported on the alleged delay. Originally, Guerilla Games slated the game for a Holiday 2021 launch but did not set a specific release date.
Sony has delayed the PlayStation exclusive Horizon Forbidden West to the first quarter of 2022, a source tells Bloomberg, confirming a rumor shared by @JeffGrubb yesterday. The latest in the video game industry's cascade of 2021 delays https://t.co/8atrR25oxd
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) July 30, 2021
Before the Bloomberg report rumors of a delay for Horizon Forbidden West had already been brewing. Games journalist Jeff Grubb discussed the rumors of Sony “leaning towards” the idea of a delay in his weekly GrubbSnax show on GiantBomb. He also mentioned that Sony might announce the delay in a September State of Play.
Currently, Sony has not yet issued an official announcement regarding the delay. A State of Play for September has also not yet been confirmed. However, back in June, PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst did mention that Horizon Forbidden West was “on track to release this holiday season,” but also added “but that isn't quite certain yet.”
This delay, if proven true, is just one of many that has occured due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Another Sony first-party exclusive, the God of War sequel, has also been delayed to 2022. Horizon Forbidden West was also absent from the most recent Sony State of Play. However, it did feature heavily in the previous one from back in May. There, Guerilla Games showed off an extensive look at new traversal and combat features.
To tide fans over in the meantime, Horizon‘s protagonist Aloy will be making her way to Genshin Impact. There, she will be a five-star cryo character that PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5