An official PlayStation Blog post is giving fans a lot of information about the state of highly anticipated games. Head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst, already confirmed the delay of God of War‘s sequel. However, more information about other big titles can be gleaned by reading through the post.
Notably, information about Horizon Forbidden West‘s potential release window.
On May 27’s State of Play, fans of the series got to see 14 minutes of gameplay captured on PlayStation 5. However, the show ended without any indication of a release window. Answering questions from Sid Shuman, Senior Director of SIE Content Communications, Hulst touched upon the challenges studios faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking specifically of Horizon Forbidden West and God of War‘s sequel, Hulst said that both titles have been affected by “access to performance capture and talent.” Indeed, it has been difficult for studios to have motion capture actors and voice actors physically present in studios. Hulst added, “For Horizon, we think we are on track to release this holiday season. But that isn’t quite certain yet, and we’re working as hard as we can to confirm that to you as soon as we can.”
It’s clear that PlayStation Studios wants Horizon Forbidden West in the hands of players as soon as possible, but the actual release date will depend on certain factors. Most importantly, Guerrilla Games’ sequel will need to be on par with the quality standards expected of a PlayStation first-party title. Hulst has stated that he prefers delays over compromising quality or subjecting studios to crunch.