Guerrilla Games returns with a new in-depth episode dedicated to Horizon Forbidden West, the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4 and PS5 in February 2022. After the appointment dedicated to the setting, other developers of the Dutch software house have decided to reveal new information to the microphones of the PlayStation Blog, this time talking about the terrifying Machines that populate the game world.
“We will be able to explore a new region of the world of Horizon,” explained Chief Engineer Blake Politeski Blake. “and we wondered what kind of Machines could live in the various ecosystems and how they interacted with each other, with the environment and of course with humans. […] In the first game we had to start from scratch, so we started from the basics defining the various roles. The Lookout was a kind of surveillance camera, the Reaper a guardian of law and so on. Once these roles were established, we began to experiment by mixing robot styles, specific skills and functions and, of course, weapons and interesting attacks with Horizon Forbidden West. we wanted to further expand our catalog of Machines. For example, the desire to create a slightly larger Flying Machine than the Emery led to the creation of the Solcasole, which however needed a place and a role in the world. So we studied various flying reptiles and primitive birds for inspiration, developing the idea of wings that store solar energy on sunny days. This idea, in turn, has created an interesting game dynamic: When recharging with solar energy, the Solcasole are more vulnerable but also more alert to the presence of potential predators in the vicinity. “
But how to deal with these fearsome machines? Blake and asset graphic chief Maxim Fleury explained it: “Aloy has a large assortment of weapons and ammunition: she will have to use them all to beat the various types of Machines! Without anticipating too much, we can say that every Machine can be defeated in ways. We have tried to suggest them through precise design choices and by adding textures to highlight weak points or interactive components. You have to carefully study each Machine to discover the various ways to deal with it. Many Machines have weapons and behaviors that can be exploited to obtain an advantage. I’m not just referring to the ability to detach components and use them against them. Some Machines have more passive states during which they let their guard down.
As explained by the developers, the Machines of Horizon Forbidden West move in all possible ways: they jump, swim, cling to surfaces, and so on. That’s why Aloy can use new movement mechanics, without which she could never compete with their agility. On PS5, the game allows even greater immersion thanks to 3D audio, which can be used to anticipate the position of some enemies.
Of course, you will need to have a strategy in mind to fight the toughest Machines, including the mighty Tremorzanna. “The Tremorzanna is basically a mammoth with some references to the great war elephants of historical and cinematic inspiration,” explained Daxim, “it has many different attacks and a body stuffed with weapons. possesses various elemental weapons. The Tremorzanna seen in the trailer is controlled by a rebel faction of the Tenakths, but in the wilds you can find specimens in the wild. It reminds me of a cross between a war elephant and one of those big siege towers used to attack fortresses in medieval times: difficult to destroy, slow and with enormous firepower “.
Aloy obviously can also use Override to control the Machines, one of the most popular mechanics of the first game. “As in Horizon Zero Dawn, Aloy can control the Machines and make them fight on his side,” said Daxim, “this time we have added new ride-on Machines, such as the Windbreaker seen in the gameplay trailer. Some Machines can help. Aloy unwittingly. If a Machine searches for resources while Aloy is on her trail, it can lead her to hidden supplies. Also, now during Override Aloy can set the Machine’s attitude, choosing between an aggressive or defensive state. “
In short, a gameplay full of novelties, which all players will be able to deepen starting from February 18, 2022, when Horizon Forbidden West will debut exclusively on PlayStation.