PS5 game rumours: Horizon Forbidden West delayed to 2022, September status

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Horizon Forbidden West PS5 release date may have been delayed (Image: SONY)

PlayStation gamers may have to wait a little longer for one of the highly anticipated PS5 exclusives: Horizon Forbidden West. That’s according to noted journalist Jeff Grubb, who has heard that Aloy’s next adventure may be delayed until 2022. The VentureBeat journalist revealed this in his Giant Bomb Show, but said the potential delay is not certain.

Grubb also claimed that Sony could be preparing to hold a state of play in September, but it’s not clear whether this will be a general state of play or one dedicated solely to Horizon Forbidden West.

The rumor was highlighted in a message on Reddit. A Redditor wrote: “A member of Era shared that Jeff Grubb was talking about Horizon: Forbidden West on his Giant Bomb Show, and apparently he’s heard that the game will be delayed until 2022.

“In addition, it appears that there will be a state of play in September (although it is not clear whether it is dedicated to Horizon or a general state of play).”

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Grubb replied, “Hi, I actually said this. I’ve tried to make it clear that this is what I’m hearing and not that it’s certain.”

Grubb has an enviable track record of accuracy, correctly leaking numerous announcements before they were made official.

What Grubb has cashed in on before include the recent reveal of Elden Ring, the date of an upcoming Nintendo Direct, and Starfield exclusive to Xbox.

Horizon Forbidden West is currently slated for a 2021 release date and was the focus of a State of Play broadcast in May.

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State of affairs in September

Rumor has it that the next state of affairs will be in September (Image: SONY)

In the wake of the stream – which showcased the beautiful next-gen visuals of the Horizon sequel – Guerrilla’s Ben McCaw said development was “on track” and the update would be delivered soon.

The story director said, “We don’t have an exact release date yet, but development is on track and we’ll have an update for you very soon.”

If Horizon Forbidden West is eventually delayed until next year, it will join other PS5 exclusives Gran Turismo 7 and God of War Ragnarok that were slated for release this year, but will instead come out in 2022.

And while it might be disappointing for PlayStation fans to see some of the upcoming exclusive games getting delayed, the Cyberpunk 2077 situation has shown that it’s much better to wait for a game later when it’s good and ready and then relying on post-release patches to fix issues at launch.

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