Once again, Guerrilla Games has taken time to talk about their next baby. Once again, players waiting for Horizon Forbidden West will learn about its wildlife.
If Horizon Zero Dawn has succeeded to this point in seducing players, it is in large part thanks to its universe. This one is inhabited by mechanical creatures reminiscent of the Zoids. Steel, bolts, but with animal looks and behavior. After the evolution of Aloy and his abilities, the developers of Horizon Forbidden West wanted to take us to the side of these creatures that are best to approach quietly.
The very wild west
It is once again through the PlayStation Blog as the Principal Machine Designer, Blake politeski, and Asset Art Lead, Maxim Fleury, opened up about the design of these machines. Guerrilla confirms it, several of those crossed in the previous episode, which had 25 different types, will return. Like the very common Watchmen or the Carapateurs, for example. Before giving us new insights in the gameplay trailer like the Tunneler, the Gallop-claw, or the imposing Carapeste. Blake explains by placing another name:
We knew, for example, that we wanted a flying machine a little bigger than the Spark, which resulted in the Helionwing, but it needed a place and a role in the world. We studied several flying reptiles and primitive birds for inspiration, and we imagined the concept of wings that recover solar energy in good weather. That’s what made for an interesting game dynamic: Helion Wings are vulnerable when collecting solar energy, but also more alert to potential predators in this passive state.
Fleury continues on the Defense Strike, the mammoth that does not lose its toupee:
Defense Strike is based on a mammoth, with elements borrowed from war elephants from history and cinema. It benefits from many different attacks and a body covered with many weapons. In addition to his defenses which he uses for close attacks, he has at his disposal a whole elemental arsenal. The one seen in the video is controlled by a rebel Tenakth faction, but you can also find them in the wild.
Not stingy with advice, they insist on the fact that it is better, faced with the juggernaut, to be well prepared and have traps. And that it will always be possible to hack most of the “monsters” to, why not, make them into mounts. There are still a few months before we find out. And the developers are already giving an appointment for a future article. Horizon Forbidden West will be available on PS4 and PS5 on February 18, 2022.