The year 2022 ends with a surprise for Horizon Forbidden West fans, as the alpha version of the game was uploaded to a popular PlayStation hacking platform, with the implications and possible consequences staggering. Despite Fire Ring and God of War Ragnarok dominant sales records in 2022, Horizon Forbidden West has remained one of the biggest Playstation launches of the year, and the popularity of the franchise stands as a testament to the unique post-apocalyptic setting that Guerrilla Games developed.
While Horizon Forbidden West is a darling on PlayStation consoles, many fans of the franchise can’t wait for the sequel to finally get its PC release. Horizon Zero Dawn launched in February 2017, and PC gamers had to wait three and a half years to experience Aloy’s journey even when Guerrilla Games launched Zero dawn for the PC in August 2020. Given that Sony has not announced any plans for a port Forbidden Westit has many fans in the community who understandably feel anxious.
Along with the recent leaks that mention Horizon Forbidden West If you get a PC version, its full alpha version publicly opens the possibility for third parties to create an unofficial PC port. The leaked build was apparently used for remote testing during the pandemic, and as a result may contain some potentially interesting content that had to be scrapped for launch or never made the final cut. While users can play this build on any jailbroken PS4, given the DMCAs being handed out to people who post explicit content from the leaked build, it could be a while before the situation escalates further.
The best case scenario that players can hope for is that the leak allows it Horizon modders to get an even better insight into how the game is built, as well as show Guerrilla Games the incredible demand for a Horizon Forbidden West PC edition.
Until then, potential fans on PC who might want to give Horizon franchise a trial can buy Horizon Zero Dawn with a significant discount on Steam until January 5th. The complete edition contains The Frozen Wildsan expansion pack for Zero dawn which can be played at any point during the main story, but is primarily balanced around level 30. Given recent developments, there’s a good chance players won’t have to wait long for Guerrilla Games to release Forbidden West on the PC (the leaks mention late 2023), which means there might be no better time to jump into the franchise than now.
Horizon Forbidden West is available on PS4 and PS5.
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Source: Dark Side of Gaming