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PS5 State of Play: Horizon Forbidden West gameplay reveal recap

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And that’s the end of the presentation! Horizon Forbidden West will be available for PS4 and PS5, likely before the end of the year, although we still don’t have a hard release date. 

In the meantime, Horizon Zero Dawn was available for free a few weeks ago via the PlayStation Store. If you picked it up then, now would be a good time to play it; if not, you can usually pick it up for less than $20. We’ll have more coverage for Horizon Forbidden West as Sony reveals more information.

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Aloy’s quest will pit her against a group of dangerous rebels. We imagine that this conflict, in tandem with the blight and the machines, will drive most of the story.

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The devs discussed a number of new gameplay features, including faster platforming, an underwater breathing device and mountable enemies. They also discussed combat enhancements, such as adhesive grenades, smoke bombs and improvised weapons, picked off of damaged machines.

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That’s the end of the gameplay demo. Now we’re hearing about Horizon Forbidden West’s story setup. Aloy journeys to the ruins of San Francisco in her current quest, which involves investigating a mysterious red blight that’s poisoning the land.

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After a combination of attacking, evading and using the environment around her, Aloy takes down the mammoth robot and rescues her friend. Her reward is a holographic map of the world.

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In the next section, Aloy takes on a huge boss: a robot that resembles a woolly mammoth. She uses her bow to target weak points, as well as a kind of sticky projectile to slow the enormous beast down. She even picks up an energy machine gun and uses that to take off some of the robot’s armor.

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That looks even more fun! Aloy can mount pacified robots and cover ground quickly.

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That looks fun. Aloy can glide from place to place with an electronic parachute of sorts.

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Here’s what stealth and combat against human opponents looks like. Aloy stalks foes in an enemy base, and dispatches one of them with a sneak attack. She then engages the rest with a combination of bow and spear skills.

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The game will also have underwater sections, similarly filled with dangerous-looking robots.

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Here’s our first look at combat, as Aloy fights off some dinosaur-themed robots. She’s not powerful enough to defeat them yet, though, so we also got a few minutes of her running from them, evading them and using her platforming skills to get above them.

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The 14-minute gameplay demo begins. As in the previous game, players will take control of Aloy, as she explores a gorgeous, colorful open world.

All of this footage was captured directly on a PS5, giving players some idea of what to expect when the game comes out.

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Looks like we’re kicking off with some developer commentary.

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The event is about to get underway! Let’s see what Sony’s State of Play has in store for Horizon Forbidden West.

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