Sony has reportedly delayed developer Guerrilla Games’ upcoming PlayStation game Horizon Forbidden West until the first quarter of 2022, according to an insider speaking to Bloomberg. It was previously scheduled for a Holiday 2021 release. The open-world RPG action-adventure game, planned for release on PS4 and PS5 consoles, is a sequel to the highly-successful 2017 PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn.
Recent signs pointed to a possible delay. Bloomberg’s report corroborates a report made Thursday from video game reporter Jeff Grubb on his Giant Bomb podcast GrubbSnax. Grubb claims that Sony was planning to announce the delay in a State of Play in September.
Moreover, a possible setback seemed to be coming from Sony itself. Back in June on the PlayStation Blog, PlayStation Studio Head Hermen Hulst said a holiday release for Horizon “isn’t quite certain yet,” although he thought they were “on track” to make that date at the time. In that same post, Hulst announced that the God of War sequel was pushed back to 2022.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Horizon Forbidden West joins a plethora of games delayed this year, including the recent announcements of Ghostwire: Tokyo, SIFU, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
Neither Sony nor Guerilla has commented on the delay yet.