Information about Horizon Forbidden West is relatively scarce – and for good reason. The game is still a ways off, but we’ve been fortunate enough to see extensive gameplay footage and learn about Aloy’s visual/narrative evolution throughout the two games. Guerrilla Games, a developer, might want to expand into multiplayer-focused games, as per a job listing. It remains to be determined if this is related to the Horizon franchise, or the new IP that will soon come out. However, MMO professionals are being sought by the team.
According to VGC, two job postings on Guerrilla Games’ career webpage stand out the most: senior social systems designer and senior games writer. The former applicant needs to “[Report] to the Lead Game Designer [and] work within a core team of multiple designers focused on social systems and player engagements … engage players in social interactions to create lasting relationships; where compatible players can create Guild-like groups to explore together.” And the latter role might not seem immediately unique in any way. Still, a part of the description reads as follows: “Possess extensive knowledge of stories and narrative design in open-world RPG games, online games, and MMORPGs.”
Horizon Forbidden West’s story takes place in a vast open world. Aloy is known to traverse a crumbling San Francisco. However, any other cities or potential locations remain unknown. Once again, you’ll battle majestic, mechanical fauna, but Aloy comes equipped with new tools this time around. Valor surges, smoke bombs, sticky grenades and stalling enemies – playstyle-adapting abilities on your skill tree – are a few examples of the gear at your disposal. Guerrilla Games may be planning to introduce multiplayer modes to Horizon Series. It will be fascinating to see how combat is changed to allow for large-scale raids as well as small groups.
Horizon Forbidden West will be available on PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4 starting February 18th.
[Source: VGC via Games Radar]
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