Mathijs De Jonge, director of Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West, has confirmed that the game could have been released towards the end of 2021 but that would have meant employees working overtime. De Jonge claims that this wasn’t something the studio was okay with as people “need to be able to relax and take vacations, for example, to be with family and friends”.

De Jonge also revealed that several employees at Guerrilla Games wanted to work during the Christmas holiday period, which he claims the company isn’t against, but the studio still opted to close for a two week period. Employees weren’t able to enter the building during this time.

Horizon Forbidden West is out now for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

Details via Guerilla Games:

Explore distant lands, fight bigger and more awe-inspiring machines, and encounter astonishing new tribes as you return to the far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon.

The land is dying. Vicious storms and an unstoppable blight ravage the scattered remnants of humanity, while fearsome new machines prowl their borders. Life on Earth is hurtling towards another extinction, and no one knows why.

It’s up to Aloy to uncover the secrets behind these threats and restore order and balance to the world. Along the way, she must reunite with old friends, forge alliances with warring new factions and unravel the legacy of the ancient past – all the while trying to stay one step ahead of a seemingly undefeatable new enemy.

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