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News video games 08 November 2021, 17:44

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Horizon Forbidden West Will Have Diverse and Dangerous Machines

Aloy's new abilities in Horizon: Forbidden West will be indispensable when battling mechanical fauna, which will be more dangerous and varied than in Zero Dawn.

IN A NUTSHELL:
  • Guerrilla Games has published an entry dedicated to the machines appearing in Horizon: Forbidden West;
  • In the game we will see new species of mechanical creatures, which will be more diverse not only in terms of appearance, but also behavior and weaknesses;
  • The machines will also be more mobile and dangerous than in Horizon: Zero Dawn.

The developers of Horizon: Forbidden West have already covered many elements of the next part of Aloy's story, including her appearance and new abilities. However, the Horizon series is also - or even primarily - about the wild machines that roam the post-apocalyptic world. It's the mechanical fauna that Guerrilla Entertainment's latest blog post on the official PlayStation blog is dedicated to.

In Horizon: Forbidden West we'll see not only old friends from Zero Dawn, but also new species of mechanical creatures (some of which we've already seen in previous gameplay footage). In part, this will be due to the introduction of biomes that did not appear in the first installment, but there will als obe simple variations of familiar machines.

The developers want to differentiate the types of machines even further, not only in terms of appearance but also behavior and weaknesses. Maxim Fleury (Artistic Resource Manager) revealed that each mechanical creature will be fought in multiple ways. It will also prove important to pay attention to the target's behavior, for example when using the dust kicked up by a kicking "beast" as a smokescreen to get closer to it.

At the same time, many robots will boast much greater mobility than in Zero Dawn; the game will also feature a number of heavily armored and well-armed units. As a result, encounters with the machines will be more challenging and hard without using Aloy's new abilities. Moreover, the developers put more emphasis on the option of reconnaissance and planning before the battle and - as a last resort - escape from the battlefield.

However, we will not always have to defeat the machines or even fight them to use them for our own purposes. Sometimes it will be worth following selected species of mechanical beasts, for example, in the course of searching for a specific resource, which is also of interest to a given creature. Whereas in the case of "taming" the machine we will be able to influence its behavior to be more or less aggressive.

Horizon: Forbidden West will be released on February 18, 2022 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

  1. Horizon: Forbidden West - official website
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