Horizon Forbidden West Spoilercast with Guerrilla Devs

Horizon Forbidden West sees franchise hero Aloy face a mysterious new threat, learn more about her modern world and the modern world that once lay in ruins, bronze Time finds both new friends and foes as she traverses Forbidden West.

It’s a compelling story as IGN’s Horizon Forbidden West review noted, and one that simultaneously solves lingering mysteries of the Horizon universe and opens up potential avenues for the future, while telling deep, character-driven stories. And if you’re wondering how some of its biggest moments come together, IGN spoke with Guerrilla Narrative Director Ben McCaw and Senior Writer Annie Kitain to share some of the moments. Horizon Forbidden West’s biggest story in our latest spoilercast.

Watch the video above for the full discussion, and read on for some excerpts from HFW’s story conversation. But, be warned, FULL SPOILERS AHEAD! Please turn over and finish the story Forbidden Horizons West before reading or watching if you don’t want to be spoiled.

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“He was the most important character to Aloy in the story,” McCaw explained of the decision to kill Varl. “There needs to be uncomfortable moments, there needs to be tough moments, there needs to be tragic moments, otherwise there really isn’t much of a journey.”

That tragedy, and where Aloy is located, is also key to her decision making soon after, as she makes a lasting alliance with Far Zenith Tilda, who seems willing to help her at the moment.

“She’s at her lowest point where she’s just lost her friend. She’s just lost Beta and Gaia and she considers that for a moment. She can’t completely say no, because the what Tilda is saying makes a lot of sense. was about to say, “No, we’ll find another way. I have other ideas,” explained Kitain.

Both writers point to Tilda’s vault artwork as another way to explore that grief – much of what’s there speaks to the nature of grief and Aloy’s dialogue directly or indirectly related to the loss of Varl.

Exploiting the emotional circuitry of these scenes also leads to one of Forbidden West’s best moments, a conversation between Zo, with whom Varl has begun a relationship, and Aloy. The two are at a memorial site Zo has set up for Varl, trying to find a way back to her home in Plainsong.

“It was one of the few times when she really opened up and she acknowledged her feelings about Varl and about how she felt during her time with Zo and it was a close moment for them.” , Kitain said. “It was a moment of grief that she really couldn’t allow herself to get to this place, because she knew she was still in danger.”

Beta and Aloy’s New Hope

Another major tie for Aloy is the discovery of, essentially, her younger sister, Beta, also played by Ashly Burch. Although she started off a little bit opposite, the two eventually formed a close bond. But cracking Beta’s character arc was particularly difficult for the team.

“One of the versions we had a Beta very early on, she was actually a lot more upbeat and… nimble, I guess, might not be the right word, but it’s the word that comes up in the show. mind, you can actually see a bit of that with her at the end when she’s back on base. But that version of her just doesn’t work for the arc we’re trying to tell,” Kitain explained.

“That’s really when we started to think of her as a moody teenager and a depressed person and would come out, that’s when it really started to click, ‘Okay, this is how we can express her insecurities and fears. But beyond that, in a way that’s understandable and it’s driven by her upbringing.'”

Kitain calls Aloy and Beta’s relationship “the heart and soul of this story”, and as McCaw pointed out, their close connection anchors Aloy’s state of mind towards the end of the game.

“You see that at the beginning and the end of the final scene, and in the middle of that are all the tribal elements – what happens to Quen, what happens to Tenakth, what happens to Oseram and even even Morlund and his crew,” McCaw said.

“Where we’re going next, I don’t know, but I know that Aloy still has work to do. I know for sure.”

“That’s all wrapped up in this idea of ​​Aloy not being alone anymore. Where we go next, I don’t know, but I do know that Aloy still has a lot of work to do. I know for sure. that.”

“[Horizon Forbidden West] is the chapter about her growth that we wanted to tell, but it has already been said. It’s an ongoing story. It’s been a constant growth for her,” said Kitain.

And perhaps with all the ways that Forbidden West’s story has been informed by the lore incorporated in Zero Dawn, it’s time to dig into all those data points again.

But in the meantime, be sure to check out IGN’s full Horizon Forbidden West guide if you’re looking to get everything in Aloy’s world and find out where HFW falls on the list of open world games. IGN’s best. And for more on the PlayStation world, follow IGN’s Beyond Podcast! every week for more shows, news and analysis of the biggest PS4, PS5 and PSVR developments.

Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior Feature Editor, PlayStation Team Leader, and host of the Beyond Podcast! He is the proud dog dad of a SON named Loki. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush. Horizon Forbidden West Spoilercast with Guerrilla Devs

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