Are you ready Horizon forbidden west still? I promise you, it’s pretty good – the perfect kind of game if you like sprawling open worlds, always-intense arc-based combat, and stories that twist and turn as you unravel its mysteries and mysteries.
If you’ve actually finished the game, you’ll know there’s a big ol’ cliffhanger right at the end – a scene that suggests Aloy and his friends didn’t pack everything into a neat little package after all. If you haven’t seen the ending of the game yet, stop reading here as there are endgame spoilers below.
Just prior to the fateful final encounter in Forbidden West, Tilda van der Meer (voiced by none other than Carrie-Anne Moss) reveals that she is a member of Far Zenith – a group of ultra-rich musky billionaire egotists who have fled the planet to found a new colony called Sirius just before the events at extinction level unceremoniously decimated all life on Earth.
This conversation with Tilda – and the following conversation with Aloy’s ancestor, Elisabet Sobeck – were all very carefully timed and spaced.
“Horizon is really about mysteries; Each of our stories has been about uncovering mysteries both in the ancient world and in the present when the game takes place,” explains Mathijs de Jonge, Creative Director at Guerrilla Games, in an interview with VG247. “In fact, there’s a lot of backstory that we can tap into to develop new storylines and create new mysteries from what we’ve already established.
“And indeed this game ends on another big cliffhanger where we again prepare some things for the next game.”
This isn’t the first time the team at Guerrilla has breaded us into a sequel. There was a lot of teasing in the first game suggesting that Forbidden West was on the horizon after Aloy figured out Zero Dawn’s eponymous secret… so it would be a shame for Guerrilla Games to just break a game in a tradition, wouldn’t it ?
“In the first game – in Horizon Zero Dawn – there is a conclusion to the story, but Aloy doesn’t solve all the problems that arise in the core of the story,” continues de Jonge. “And at this point there is still a terraform system that needs fixing. So that was really a starting point for the story of this game [Forbidden West]. We knew we wanted to move to a new location and we mentioned the Forbidden West in the first game.
“We thought this was a very interesting, mysterious and dangerous-sounding place. So that was really why we wanted to go there – and knowing that the terraform system still needed fixing, that was a jumping off point to start developing the story. On top of that, we had storylines from the past – from the Old World – that we wanted to tap into. So we had a lot to do and we knew how we wanted to develop Aloy’s arc and it just kind of blended from there.”
It sounds like the Guerrilla team is doing the same again; In Forbidden West, at the very end, Aloy converses with Sobeck and states that “[her friends] have a new mission: to spread the word and ask for help”. They each return to their own tribes and ask the people of the Americas to put aside their differences and band together; presumably to ward off a greater threat from Far Zenith Is that the story we’re being teased about is something interplanetary and cosmic?Will the Horizon series (may I say) go beyond the horizon?
In this game, we saw a few latecomers come to earth to claim its resources and find out how evolved life was. But Aloy and her buddies stopped her. It stands to reason that more humans from Far Zenith (and more Sobeck clones) could be heading to Earth, desperate to claim what was once theirs.
Will the next game take us to the Far Zenith colony and show us a new world? Or will Aloy perhaps travel to Europe or Asia to unite people from other tribes to lead a global resistance against a distant threat? It makes sense to me that the Quen tribe was introduced in this game to give us a foundation for the next; Maybe we’ll follow them home and have a whole new area to explore, using their homeland as a starting point. Is this how it’s going to get out of hand?
It remains to be seen, but what sounds safe is that we haven’t seen the ending of Aloy and her pals just yet.
https://www.vg247.com/horizon-forbidden-west-sequel-creative-director-interview Will there be a sequel to Horizon Forbidden West? The game’s creative director seems to think so, anyway