Horizon Forbidden West – this isn’t what the multiplayer recreation seems like (pic: Sony)
Roughly 12 minutes of footage from an alleged alpha construct of the Horizon Forbidden West multiplayer spin-off has leaked on-line.
Although there was chatter of Guerrilla Games’ Horizon collection getting a multiplayer spin-off as early as 2019, the studio itself solely announced one was in growth last month.
Described as an ‘online challenge,’ all Guerrilla has said about it up to now is that it’s going to characteristic new characters, a ‘unique stylised look,’ and allow pals to explore Horizon’s post-apocalyptic world collectively.
While the sport is in all probability going nonetheless years away from launch, footage from an alleged 2020 build leaked over the weekend, giving followers an thought of how the final product may look.
Ironically, the 12-minute video doesn’t function any precise multiplayer or co-op gameplay, with only a single participant exploring their environment.
The most striking detail, nonetheless, is the art style. While the environments nonetheless look fairly practical, the character design is notably extra cartoony than Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel.
The player character also switches by way of several completely different designs throughout the video, suggesting players will be in a position to customise their character’s appearance.
Whether you can create multiple characters directly and freely swap between them is unclear, however that’s probably only for the purposes of testing the game.
Horizon Forbidden West – we will imagine the cartoony visuals being fairly polarising (pic: Sony)
The footage does come from an alpha build, that’s at least a couple years out of date, so there’s no telling if the final release will look anything like this footage.
It in any other case still resembles a Horizon game, right right down to the menus and the character’s motion, plus the robot dinosaurs.
We can’t share the footage ourselves, for legal causes, however it was posted to the official Horizon subreddit by user BirdonWheels. They added that the alpha contained a ‘join-PC’ and ‘join-PlayStation 4’ option, which might imply the final recreation will see a cross-platform release on consoles and PC.
However, any potential PlayStation 4 version might by no means come out since Sony has stated it intends to part out PlayStation 4 video games in favour of cellular and PC.
It’s also attainable that this will function one of Sony’s many reside service games, that the corporate desires out by 2026, which may in flip improve the probabilities of it being cross-gen.
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