I keep in mind watching that intensive Horizon Forbidden West trailer that premiered throughout Could’s Sony State of Play. There have been a ton of new mechanics and equipment that made an look throughout Aloy’s intense neo-San Francisco trek. The sequel to Zero Daybreak seems to be to be a next-gen visible milestone, and Guerrilla Video games’ varied designers – from director Ben McCaw to guide character artist Bastien Ramisse – have reiterated this aim. Extra importantly, Horizon Forbidden West’s heroine, Aloy, is again, and she or he’s extra dynamic/life-like than ever earlier than. 

In a long-form post on the official PlayStation Weblog, McCaw talked about Aloy’s journey from social/cultural outcast to legendary machine hunter in addition to her new position within the upcoming recreation:

“Born and raised as an outcast, Aloy has a unique perspective on the world,” McCaw states. “She is deeply compassionate towards those who suffer, and highly driven to punish powerful oppressors. Although she has made many friends during her adventures, she still feels like an outsider, and the truth is, she has no real home. These aspects of her character will be explored in-depth as she ventures into the mysterious frontier of the Forbidden West.”

McCaw additionally briefly talked about that Aloy’s nimbleness and elusiveness have additionally returned. There’s additionally a newfound depth to Forbidden West’s fight that comes with traversal instruments just like the “Pullcaster” and “Shieldwing” (I’m an enormous fan of the latter!):

 “Multiple teams have invested countless hours in her every aspect: her combat moves, her animations, her gear, her hair, and her dialogue,” McCaw says enthusiastically. “Not to mention Ashly Burch’s inspired voice performance. All of this effort makes Aloy feel real. It also makes her a great fit for all kinds of players: those who want to fight, to explore, to engage with tribes and NPCs, or simply to just take in her presence in a beautiful world. So many people work hard to make all this possible.”


This wholistic, teamwork method turns into much more obvious when Ramisse chimes in in regards to the heightened details of Aloy and the world itself. After all, the PlayStation 5’s know-how performs an enormous half in bolstering Guerrilla Video games’ highly effective in-house engine. Nonetheless, the visible design groups proceed to dedicate their sources to pushing the realism and character mannequin high quality even additional. You possibly can see that within the small gallery of Aloy’s facial options above – I imply, you’ll be able to actually see the peach fuzz alongside her cheeks and jawline!

“From an artistic point of view, Horizon Forbidden West really stands on the shoulders of a successfully established design foundation in Horizon Zero Dawn,” Bastien continues. “The most noticeable differences and improvements for Aloy in terms of technology is the push of facial and body capture accuracy, allowing more realistic shapes and surface details on characters as well as the careful increase of polygon density to capture handmade and used outfits.”

Horizon Forbidden West launches for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on February 18. 

Are you excited in regards to the new and improved visuals/techniques in Horizon Forbidden West?


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