After its cliffhanger ending, Horizon Forbidden West’s creative director assuages any doubts about a third game being made.
It was always safe to assume that Horizon Forbidden West will get a sequel in the future. After all, both it and its predecessor were critical and commercial successes, even if they both managed to release alongside even more acclaimed open world games (Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Elden Ring).
In case Horizon Forbidden West’s cliffhanger ending wasn’t enough to assure fans that a third game will happen, creative director Mathijs de Jonge has essentially confirmed it.
We’ll refrain from spoiling the game’s ending but, aside from teasing a new adventure for protagonist Aloy and friends, de Jonge says there is enough backstory for Horizon’s world that can be tapped for new storylines and mysteries.
‘Horizon is really about mystery; each of our stories has been about uncovering mysteries in both the old world and the present day, when the game takes place,’ he explains.
‘Indeed, there is plenty of backstory that we can tap into to develop new storylines and create new mysteries from what we’ve already established.’
As part of an interview with VG247, he bluntly says that, yes, Horizon Forbidden West’s ending is setting things up for the third game. Although he doesn’t say much more than that, he points out that the team at Guerrilla Games took the exact same approach with the first game, Horizon Zero Dawn.
‘There is a conclusion to the story in the first game – in Horizon Zero Dawn – but Aloy doesn’t solve all the problems that are basically set up in the story,’ he says.
‘And at that point, there’s still a terraform system that needs repairing. So that was really a starting point for the story of [Forbidden West]. We knew that we wanted to move to a new location, and we already mentioned in the first game about the Forbidden West.’
If you need more convincing that there’ll be a Horizon 3, Sony itself clearly sees the series as one of its key franchises at this point. After all, Forbidden West was one of the very first games announced for the PlayStation 5 and was even the climax of its PlayStation 5 reveal.
There’s also going to be a VR spin-off called Horizon Call Of The Mountain for Sony’s PlayStation VR2 headset. It’s being co-developed by Firesprite and will have you play as a brand-new protagonist, although Aloy will make an appearance.
Horizon Forbidden West is available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
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