Sony has already warned that Horizon Forbidden West may not be out this year and now rumours suggest a delay is close to being announced.
So many big name games have been delayed this year, from Hogwarts Legacy to Rainbow Six Extraction, that it’s not surprising to see others joining the list. After all, lockdown may be over in many countries, but it will take years for video game schedules to right themselves.
Sony has endured plenty of setbacks already, with Gran Turismo 7 and the new God Of War both being delayed into next year, and while Horizon Forbidden West is pencilled in for this Christmas they’ve previously warned that ‘isn’t quite certain yet’.
According to rumourmonger Jeff Grubb things have got bad enough that Sony is now ‘leaning towards’ delaying the game into next year.
‘I’m trying to debate if I want to be the one to say this, but I think that game is going to get delayed to 2022’, he said on his Giant Bomb podcast.
He then suggested that Sony may announce the delay during a new State of Play livestream in September, which will also be used to promote the company’s revised Christmas line-up.
If Horizon Forbidden West is delayed then Sony will not have any major new first party release ready for Christmas, unless there’s something unannounced that they can reveal in the interim. Although there is Bethesda timed exclusive Deathloop on September 14.
By comparison, Microsoft has Forza Horizon 5 due on November 9 and while Halo Infinite still doesn’t have a released date, which is somewhat worrying, the first of several technical tests are due to run this weekend – which suggests the game is on schedule for a 2021 launch.
Nintendo is also dealing with the same problems as everyone else, with Metroid Dread and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl their biggest titles for Christmas.
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Source: Gaming – Metro