Sony wanted a release in late 2021
According to Guerrilla Games and a PlayStation blog post, Horizon Forbidden West is now delayed to February 18th, 2022. Although the game was originally expected to be released near the end of 2021, it became clear that this was more expected than a set date. The PlayStation.com page listed the release date as “to confirm,” and Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studio, stated that they believed they were on track for a holiday 2021 release. However, he couldn’t be certain. He said that developers had access to motion-capture equipment during the pandemic, contributing to some uncertainty.
Hulst says that Sony’s PlayStation Studios (forbidden west’s developer Guerrilla Games) is currently making many games. More than 25. Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed, as have other titles in the initiative like Next God of War and Gran Turismo 7.
Horizon Forbidden West is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on 18 February 2022! Pre-orders will begin next week, on 2 September. Are you ready to continue Aloy's journey?https://t.co/aMD8LIWbf8 #HorizonForbiddenWest pic.twitter.com/bRP3kToGji— Guerrilla (@Guerrilla) August 25, 2021
Some PS5-exclusives have been delayed by companies other than PlayStation Studios. Arkane’s Deathloop, a timed exclusive for PlayStation 5, has been moved to September 2021. Ghostwriter: Tokyo will not be released until 2022.
The PlayStation 5 has very few games that take full advantage of the next-generation hardware at this time, such as Returnal and Ratchet & Clank, Rift Apart. This may be true even though delays are increasing. It’s hard to predict how much this will impact console sales. Sony has sold 10 million PS5s already, but they are still difficult to find due to the ongoing silicon shortage. Horizon Forbidden West will also be available for the PS4 when the PS5 is released in February. According to the studio, preorders can be placed starting September 2nd. More information will follow next week.