A new video from ElAnalistaDeBits examines how Horizon Forbidden West’s San Francisco setting compares to the city’s real-world locations.
YouTuber ElAnalistaDeBits crafted another Horizon Forbidden West comparison video, this time analyzing how the sequel’s San Francisco setting measures up to details in the real-world city. ElAnalistaDeBits’ latest work examines content shown in the gameplay footage from State of Play’s Forbidden West-oriented broadcast in May.
The gameplay reveal offered a close glimpse at previously unseen facets of the experience. For instance, it’s clear developer Guerrilla Games took criticism about Horizon Zero Dawn‘s rudimentary melee combat to heart. Aloy’s close-quarters encounters now appear far more refined and, according to Game Director Mathijs de Jonge, fans should notice as much when experimenting with the all-new melee combos. Traversal obviously received a massive overhaul in its own right, complete with a free-climbing system that Guerrilla has yet to publicly showcase. Gameplay doesn’t count the only key element of the franchise that now boasts a finer level of detail. It seems the San Francisco setting will feature even more iconic landmarks than Zero Dawn’s Colorado and Utah locales.
A new video from ElAnalistaDeBits takes a closer look at Horizon Forbidden West’s gameplay reveal, analyzing the differences between the fictional San Francisco and the real-life city. Some details stand out immediately; for example, despite the dilapidated landscape, it’s easy to spot the Transamerica Pyramid. In another segment, ElAnalistaDeBits points out, Aloy flees from a few machines by climbing atop pillars of what should be the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi. The snaking pathway of Lombard Street appears in the footage, too, though time and the rising sea level transformed the iconic area into a flowing river. And, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge can’t be missed.
Guerrilla Games clearly left no stone unturned while reimagining a post-apocalyptic version of the iconic American city. Interestingly, the holographic map that Aloy and Erend view at the end of State of Play video indicates Aloy may visit few other noteworthy locations, such as Los Angeles.
In addition to the mystery surrounding Forbidden West’s narrative and various settings, Guerrilla and Sony remain cagey about the release date. The studio insists the previously teased late 2021 launch window is still intact; however, fans and pundits are beginning to wonder if the eagerly-anticipated sequel may slip into 2022.
Horizon: Forbidden West comes to PS4 and PS5 on an unspecified date later in 2021.
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