It’s hard to believe that it’s already been one year since Horizon Forbidden West launched. On 18 February 2022, Guerrillas were eagerly waiting at their workstations as the game started rolling out to our global community.
Describing the feeling of a game launch day is challenging, though any developer in our industry will inherently understand the mixture of excitement, nervousness, and anticipation as we start seeing your reactions come in. We spend most of the day refreshing social media, checking stats, and reading through initial feedback — whilst, of course, sharing a moment with the team, relishing in the incredible achievements and outcomes of over four years of work, now out in the world.
This past year, saw more than just the launch of Horizon Forbidden West; we also released a LEGO Tallneck into the wilds, created a dedicated TikTok channel, and dropped a lot of new merch, like the OST vinyl and a collection with ASOS. We were even able to finally meet some of our fans in person again at Twitchcon and gamescom!
It’s been heart-warming to see the impact Aloy and her story have had on you, and we are so grateful for how our community expresses love and joy for our franchise. One of my personal joys is to scroll through the #BeyondTheHorizon hashtag and see the breathtaking Photo Mode shots from the virtual photography community; did you know you all spent a collective 211,000 hours (and counting) in Photo Mode?
As a thank you for one year of passion, support, and excitement about Horizon Forbidden West, we want to indulge you with a small token of appreciation in the form of new PSN avatars, which are now available to download from PlayStation Store!
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for embracing Aloy and her continued story in Horizon Forbidden West. We are now looking forward to our Burning Shores expansion, coming to PS5 on 19 April 2023, which sees Aloy pursue a sinister threat in the deadly, volcanic ruins of Los Angeles,. And if you want to experience the world of Horizon from a completely different angle, Horizon Call of the Mountain is launching next week on PS VR2.
I’ll leave you with a heartfelt message from Guerrillas at our studio in Amsterdam: