Hermen Hulst, Managing Director at Guerrilla Games, took to the Playstation Blog this morning to deliver some unfortunate news: Horizon Zero Dawn has been delayed with a new release date of February 28, 2017.
In the blog post, Hulst said that, “It wasn’t an easy choice to make; we know many of you have been anxious to play the game since we first announced it. However, we also want to ensure that Horizon Zero Dawn lives up to the visuals and gameplay quality that our games are known for. The new date affords us the extra time required to deliver fully on our ambitious vision for Horizon Zero Dawn.”
On the bright side, fans who are looking forward to the game received a consolation prize in the form of a new story trailer that shed a lot of light on what exactly we can expect from the game’s plot. It seems Aloy, our favorite red-haired protagonist, is an outcast within her tribe for an unknown reason. Her journey is to discover exactly why that is. As of right now, the only clues we have are that her enemies say “you come from nowhere”, and that some ancient door is able to recognize and let her into a mysterious structure. Identity will seem to be important not just to Aloy, but to the game’s world itself.
This story, on the surface, sounds very similar to what happened with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. However, being that Horizon Zero Dawn is a new IP, Sony could also be trying to get it out of an already overcrowded holiday season. Spring games have certainly been very successful the past few years both critically and commercially, so perhaps the late February move is prudent in more ways than one.
Keep it tuned to The Outerhaven for more coverage of Horizon Zero Dawn.