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Sony’s next State of Play is all about Horizon Forbidden West

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Guerrilla Games promises 14 minutes of gameplay

Aloy riding a Charger on a beach past the ruins of the Golden Gate Bridge in Horizon Forbidden West Image: Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Developer Guerrilla Games will reveal the first gameplay from Horizon Forbidden West on Thursday, May 27, during a new State of Play livestream hosted by PlayStation. The digital showcase will feature “about 14 minutes of brand new in-game action featuring our heroic protagonist Aloy, all captured directly on PlayStation 5,” Horizon Forbidden West game director Mathijs de Jonge said on the PlayStation Blog.

Thursday’s livestream will be available on PlayStation’s Twitch and YouTube channels. The new State of Play will kick off at 5 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. PDT on May 27, and will run approximately 20 minutes. Guerrilla Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment will precede the show with a “uniquely crafted countdown” starting at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT.

Sony and Guerrilla unveiled Horizon Forbidden West in June 2020, at the PlayStation 5 reveal event. The sequel sends protagonist Aloy to the Pacific coast. The game’s reveal trailer featured footage of Aloy swimming around; the extant towers of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge; and new machines based on animals such as boars, turtles, and woolly mammoths.

Horizon Forbidden West was originally announced for release in late 2021. The game is also coming to PlayStation 4.

The original Horizon Zero Dawn debuted in February 2017 on PS4 and ended up being one of the console’s best-selling games. It tells the story of Aloy, a young woman on the verge of adulthood who strikes out from her village to track the people who attacked her tribe and tried to kill her. The game takes place in the 31st century, in a world where humanity is living a primitive existence on Earth — with life having been reseeded after it was wiped out entirely during the 21st century by a plague of killer robots.