Horizon Forbidden West game director has revealed how long it has taken new wave and water technology to develop for the sequel.
“Our engineers spent an incredible amount of time on water reproduction and wave techniques. They probably spent years on it,” said Horizon Forbidden West game director Mathijs de Jonge in a new interview with GQ. “There are so many details we can add to San Francisco’s overgrown ruins. I do not think many people have noticed, but each string is reproduced separately,” de Jonge continues, referring to the individual strands of moss that permeate the ruins of California.
In Horizon Forbidden West, the main character Aloy leaves his former stomping area of Zero Dawn to travel west to California. This is why de Jonge talks about wave technology and the reproduction of water that takes up such a large part of the development process: because it basically encapsulates a large amount of the game̵
In fact, Aloy can even swim in Horizon Forbidden West, a marked change in her traversal abilities from the original game in 2017. This time we will be able to swim underwater for extended periods like Aloy, dodging mechanical alligators and other deadly creatures, of which it first was unveiled for the sequel last week in a new PlayStation State of Play presentation.
In the aforementioned presentation, we were treated to 14 minutes of new Horizon Forbidden West games. It was here that we saw Aloy emerge mechanical animals of all shapes and sizes near the ruins of San Francisco, and deep underwater to demonstrate one of the great new features for the sequel, before we had to reappear for a major showdown with a mechanical elephant .
Right now, Horizon Forbidden West does not have a confirmed release date. However, PlayStation management has recently talked about the game being in the “final” stages of development, and still on track for the original expected launch window later this year in 2021. PlayStation is not quite ready to commit to a company launch date however hence the loose release window.
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