Horizon: Forbidden West is already one of the most anticipated titles by the PlayStation parish, awaiting the announcement of its release date on PS4 AND PS5. There are many questions that revolve around Aloy’s next adventure on Sony consoles, so the expectation is maximum around the sequel to one of the best IP that started PS4 in 2017. At the moment few details are known of the proposal, although some of the locations that will populate its map are already known and it is expected to be ready by the end of 2021.
However, there are still many questions to be resolved regarding Horizon: Forbidden West and its progress in relation to Horizon: Zero Dawn. One of those fundamental questions is whether Aloy’s new adventure will have multiplayer functions, something that was not present in the first installment and that many users missed to get the most out of their universe. But how would the introduction of such multiplayer come about if it ever existed in Horizon: Forbidden West? That is the big question in this regard.
Cooperative, competitive or independent? This is how the multiplayer of Horizon: Forbidden West can be
Introducing a multiplayer mode into a single player proposal can be a daunting task, but the case of Ghost of Tsushima may have set a most interesting precedent that Guerrilla Games may have followed. The idea of introducing a cooperative raid system with the machines as the main rivals sounds very entertaining, although there could also be a competitive aspect to promote this dynamic in one of the major PlayStation licenses and approach a proposal such as that of the battle royale that are so successful today.
Some of Guerrilla Games’ job openings over the past few years were aimed at finding staff dedicated to multiplayer functions from a well-known franchise, so it seems clear that they refer to Horizon: Forbidden West. Another example that the company could run would be the one that Naughty Dog is developing with The Last of Us Part II and launch a multiplayer proposal based on the Horizon universe that is totally independent from the launch of the sequel. and that allows to explore many more options in this regard, being something focused entirely on the multiplayer aspect. There is still some time to dispel this doubt, but the indications that Horizon: Forbidden West will have an online mode are increasingly indicative, in any way.