Sony’s first-party studios developed a number of iconic titles during the PlayStation 4 generation, including Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Manguerrilla games’ Horizon Zero Dawnand Santa Monica Studios God of War (2018). The PlayStation 5 has or will contain sequels that continue these now franchises. Horizon forbidden west hit shelves this February and God of War Ragnarok scheduled for release on November 9th. Insomniac’s version of the web head is in a more interesting position.
After the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man In 2018, Insomniac released a handful of DLC expansions. It then announced one of the launch titles of the PS5 Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a spin-off about Harlem’s eponymous second Spidey. This much shorter adventure, featuring a similar superhero with his own distinct powers, ultimately served as a prelude to the true continuation of the franchise Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which at the time of this writing is slated for release sometime in 2023, starring Peter Parker and Miles Morales as the main playable characters. That horizon Franchise may try a similar strategy for its yet-to-be-unveiled sequel Horizon Forbidden West. spoilers for Horizon forbidden west ahead.
A brief history of Horizon’s world
The release of Horizon Zero Dawn 2017 was a big departure for Guerrilla, best known for its sci-fi first-person shooter franchise Death zone. With horizon, the Netherlands-based studio shed light on a post-apocalyptic America where humanity was reduced to a group of smaller tribes besieged by animalistic machines amidst the ruins of modern society. Players take on the role of Aloy, a young woman who becomes one of the most skilled hunters in the land to prove herself after being rejected by the Nora tribe at birth.
Aloy received a Focus in Zero Dawn‘s Cold Open, an intelligent, all-purpose device from the old world that allows her to better understand the machines, why they exist, and how the planet perished. Long story short, mankind’s efforts to reverse the effects of climate change brought business mogul Ted Faro into the spotlight, who then switched Faro Automated Solutions to military contracts, creating a series of “Chariot” war machines. The company lost control of its machines capable of absorbing biomass from all living matter, so scientist Elisabet Sobeck led Project Zero Dawn to reseed the earth after its annihilation.
Horizon Zero Dawn deals with Aloy, who learns of this past while seeking revenge on the Eclipse cult who killed her father figure Rost, as it is revealed the Eclipse is being manipulated by HADES: a mysterious sentient sub-function of GAIA, the AI that tasked with directing Project Zero Dawn. Since the original purpose of HADES was to wipe the slate clean in case unviable ecosystems were cultivated, its living purpose is a more twisted version of that destruction.
Horizon forbidden west reveals a group of wealthy people collectively called the Far Zeniths who managed to settle an off-world colony while Project Zero Dawn struggled to reach the finish line. The return of these almost godlike beings who have achieved immortality pushes Aloy harder than ever, leading her to forge closer bonds with whom she shares her knowledge of the ancient world. By the end of the adventure, however, it turned out that the Far Zeniths were running from a greater threat: Nemesis. Born from the mingling minds of a failed digital immortality experiment, this AI turned malevolent after its abandonment and now threatens to destroy the homeworld of its creators. It turns out to be the source of this mysterious signal that brought HADES and the other GAIA subfunctions to life.
Why Horizon Could Benefit From a Cast-Expanding Spin-Off
Nemesis’ existential threat is more than Aloy and her band of allies can handle alone, even after they harness the technological abilities of Aloy’s clone “sister” Beta and the warmongering Tenakth tribe to defeat the Far Zeniths. Forbidden West ends with Aloy’s team scattering across the eponymous Forbidden West and beyond to begin recruiting tribes for the great war to come.
There are rumors that Horizon forbidden west DLC is in the works, which would make sense considering Zero Dawn also received the Frozen Wilds expansion. This DLC would likely keep Aloy as a perspective character and leave room for one of the other main cast members to be highlighted in one Miles Morales-style spinoff. The obvious choice for this would be Erend, a member of the Oseram tribe who serves as leader of the Carja Vanguard – and Aloy’s oldest, closest companion after the death of Varl. Like Miles Morales compared to Peter Parker, Erend has combat abilities similar to Aloy when he teams up with her to fight Asera and the Sons of Prometheus. However, his combat style focuses more on melee attacks with a powerful Warhammer, which would lend itself to a unique skill tree.
The rest of the supporting cast Forbidden West could similarly star in a spin-off focused on their efforts to unite the world against Nemesis. Kotallo’s efforts to recruit the Tenakth or Zo trying to convince the agrarian Utaru might as well carry a narrative as it would to shift the perspective entirely to characters like Sun King Avad or Sunhawk Talanah from Carja Hunter’s Lodge. However, a spin-off with the greatest potential might follow the advanced Quen tribe across the Pacific, which would yield horizon‘s world a perspective outside of America.
As Spider-Man: Miles Moralesa horizon Spin-off centered on one of Aloy’s companions could open the door to a third entry with multiple protagonists. Especially with a character like Erend, Guerrilla could further expand the mechanics of the series, giving Aloy more range and trap-focused abilities, while the Oseram warrior delves deeper into melee combat. Guerrilla and recent PlayStation acquisition Firesprite will release a spin-off called Horizon: call of the mountain for the PS VR2 headset, but it’s hard to say if its protagonist Ryas will be anything more than a virtual reality player insert when it comes to the next real sequel. Fans will just have to wait and see what this franchise has in store.
Horizon forbidden west is now available for PS4 and PS5.
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