The delays just keep coming. After hesitating to give a date for this year, it appears as though Sony has delayed Guerrilla Games’ PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 open-world RPG Horizon Forbidden West until the first quarter of 2022.
This rumored delay comes from a Bloomberg report that was corroborating an earlier report from GamesBeat report Jeff Grubb during his weekly premium show on Giant Bomb called GrubbSnax. Both allege that Sony has pushed the game out of 2021. Sony and Guerrilla have not officially commented. However, Grubb stated that Sony might have a State of Play in September to speak about it. And according to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, this decision was made “a little while ago.”
However, this reported delay is not too surprising, given what Sony stated in June. Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst candidly said in a Q&A that its release date was still in flux.
“For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season,” he admitted. “But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can.”
That same Q&A revealed the God of War sequel (which will likely be called God of War: Ragnarok) would release in 2022. Given all the rampant delays of games like Rainbow Six Extraction, Riders Republic, Skull & Bones, the Prince of Persia remake, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits, just to name a few, a later release date would make more sense. COVID’s impact on game development continues to ripple across the industry, after all.