Watch the Horizon Forbidden West PS5 State of Play livestream here

Horizon Forbidden West is getting a 14-minute gameplay reveal at the State of Play, and you can watch it here.

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Horizon Forbidden West is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated games of the year. The sequel to Guerilla Games’ 2017 smash hit Horizon Zero Dawn will be one of the first big splashes Sony makes with its console exclusives in 2021, expected to arrive on PS4 and PS5 before the year’s end. Interested gamers can get an in-depth look at Aloy’s latest adventure on May 27, 2021, when the Horizon Forbidden West State of Play livestream is scheduled.

Horizon Forbiddent West State of Play livestream

The Horizon Forbidden West State of Play livestream is scheduled a little oddly, honestly. Starting at 9 a.m. PDT, players can tune into the PlayStation Twitch or the PlayStation YouTube channels to catch what Sony is calling “…a uniquely crafted countdown towards the main State of Play…” The main State of Play will begin at 2 p.m. PDT/5 p.m. EDT, and this is where players can catch 14 minutes of Horizon Forbidden West gameplay.

What should viewers expect to see? Well, there’s the 14 minutes of in-game action that’s already confirmed, which is cool on its own. I would be shocked if we don’t also get a release date. It seems a bit odd to have a State of Play dedicated to one game to show off some gameplay, but we’ve been hurt before, haven’t we? We’re also quickly approaching the halfway point of 2021, and the game is set to release before the end of the year. A release date must be coming soon, right?

Tune in at 9 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT to watch the unique countdown or skip that and get right to the good stuff by opening the State of Play at 2 p.m. PDT/5 p.m. EDT. We’ve left a handy YouTube embed here for you to watch, and we’ll be posting any breaking news under the Horizon Forbidden West tag as it gets announced.

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    May 27, 2021 6:00 AM

    Bill Lavoy posted a new article, Watch the Horizon Forbidden West PS5 State of Play livestream here

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      May 27, 2021 8:42 AM

      This starts in 20 minutes, but it will be some kind of fancy countdown towards the actual event in 5 hours. AC Valhalla reveal stream did something similar.

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      May 27, 2021 9:05 AM

      Sony pre-show/countdown is live now and it’s broadcasting live environments from Horizon: Forbidden West captured from a PS5.

      Fucking gorgeous. Way better than Demon’s Souls Remake.

      https://youtu.be/wLR5gaQNQBk

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        May 27, 2021 9:08 AM

        Not sure about that Demon's Soul comparison just yet

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          May 27, 2021 9:35 AM

          The fog effects are way better. Also better environmental lighting scapes. The rock formations are more creative too, but obviously, I’m just talking strictly about landscapes here, nothing else.

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            May 27, 2021 9:43 AM

            It would surprise me a cross gen open world game looking better than a non open world PS5 game but we'll see

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              May 27, 2021 9:50 AM

              If you can’t see the difference here, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s plain as day to my eyes.

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                May 27, 2021 9:54 AM

                But saying that, you might want to take a peek at the Dark Pictures Anthology House of Ashes presentation from today, because that’s cross-platform with an enhanced version for next-gen and that looked absolutely incredible, in terms of lighting and character animation.

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                May 27, 2021 10:13 AM

                I'm not seeing anything better than Demon's Souls yet

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                  May 27, 2021 10:45 AM

                  Exactly where in Demon’s Souls does it go heavy like this on volumetric effects with corresponding lighting? Also where in the exterior lighting and sky boxes did it capture these global lighting effects?

                  It doesn’t.

                  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t look great. This is going one further though. But just realize that it’s kind of annoying to discuss this with someone who just says “I don’t see it” without any detail or discussion.

                  You people. :/

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                    May 27, 2021 12:34 PM

                    There's a bunch of fog in DS, it's even part of the story, plus it reacts with the projectiles and lightning, I'm not throwing shade at HZ we haven't even seen the game yet, but nothing has reached the level of DS on PS5 yet, I finished that game 3 times so I have it fresh on my memory.

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                      May 27, 2021 4:04 PM

                      I think at this point we can safely see where this one surpasses DeS from a technical standpoint although they both have different strengths artistically, even if this one is cross platform.

                      Not that DeS is a technical slouch.

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        May 27, 2021 9:10 AM

        (there was a disclaimer saying this is in-engine not in-game)

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        May 27, 2021 9:16 AM

        Wish they'd do the stream in 4k. Youtube gives 4k streams more bitrate which really helps with this sort of thing.

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          May 27, 2021 9:17 AM

          Just after the stream finishes they post the 4K video. Not of this countdown but for the event.

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        May 27, 2021 9:18 AM

        Is there a 60fps update to Horizon on PS5?

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          May 27, 2021 9:19 AM

          there fucking better be!!

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          May 27, 2021 9:25 AM

          Not yet, who knows if later today they announce something.

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        May 27, 2021 9:28 AM

        I'm excited but somehow trying to temper it.

        Rumours are that it'll be on PS now along with Spider man. Makes sense as it's a cross-platform game with ps4.

        This too me indicates it's a commoditized safe sequel, that will be used to set the stage for a third entry. You see it everywhere with the second act in sequels and tick-tock product design, they know it will sell gangbusters, so best put that extra energy on the third for innovation.

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          May 27, 2021 9:37 AM

          I dunno, I can think of a lot of games where the sequel is way more polished than the first title, but that’s much more common in games. Movies, no.

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            May 27, 2021 9:38 AM

            Oh yeah, no doubt it'll be more polished, more fun and bigger.

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              May 27, 2021 9:44 AM

              Also I didn’t hear this PS Now rumor, but I did hear a different one saying they’ve revamped the streaming protocols to the point where the PS3 games on the service will now be streamed in 1080p instead of 720p.

              Updating the PS Now tech is certainly something they need to do to have a prayer of a chance in the face of GamePass.

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          May 27, 2021 12:23 PM

          If it looks and runs as good as it did for me on PC and the whole of the character animation has been revamped to be at the level of the DLC or better it is a day-one purchase from me.

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        May 27, 2021 9:38 AM

        NOT E3 HYPE TRAIN!!!

        https://youtu.be/ULDwu2HLUrA

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        May 27, 2021 9:42 AM

        It looks good but hey man Demon's Souls is a class of its own.

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          May 27, 2021 9:49 AM

          Demon’s Souls is the only PS5 title I’ve played on a PS5 personally and was enthralled with it, but I still think these volumetric effects are far superior and I do think these landscapes are more original overall, which shouldn’t be too surprising since this is a modern game, not a remaster of something from the past.

          I still think FromSoftware will give HFW a major run for its money in sheer creative open world environment design, when we finally get to see it.

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          May 27, 2021 9:54 AM

          I remember just walking around looking at the castle and being in awe

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            May 27, 2021 9:55 AM

            I was too. I don’t say this sort of thing lightly.

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        May 27, 2021 9:50 AM

        Where is the gameplay of this gameplay reveal?

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        May 27, 2021 9:52 AM

        Wonder if this would also come to pc

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          May 27, 2021 9:54 AM

          it just came out that H:ZD for PC made a 250% ROI, so i'd say it's highly likely

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            May 27, 2021 9:55 AM

            Nice! I played it in PS4 but would love to do sequel on pc

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              May 27, 2021 9:56 AM

              Probably not at first but a few years later

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        May 27, 2021 9:53 AM

        I need to play the first one, I literally just finished the tutorial level when I switched to returnal

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        May 27, 2021 9:53 AM

        Having just played HZD on PC, you could tell me these clips are from an expansion and I would believe you. Nothing mindblowing in there, just some more decent environmental art direction.

        Seeing some of those landscapes kinda bums me out, too. Wasn't too fond of the rigid traversal and climbing spots in Horizon. Hope that's been expanded greatly. And the endless tease of having a grapple hook solely for rappelling down and not grappling or swinging or climbing anything really bothered me all the way to the end, haha.

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          May 27, 2021 9:58 AM

          I had issues with the game myself and have still not finished it. But I definitely thought it was gorgeous.

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          May 27, 2021 9:59 AM

          Just the mention of refined climbing gameplay loops make me want to play this. Have had it in my PS4 backlog for ages now.

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          May 27, 2021 10:22 AM

          I think my reply was caught in the middle of the thread merge.

          What I hated from the 1st game was the combat vs humans, it sucked. Also their camps. I hope they improved that.

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          May 27, 2021 2:19 PM

          Hey nice, they let you use the grapple to zip up and over to grapple points now. Fixed like everything else, tho. The Zelda glider is a nice addition too.

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            May 27, 2021 4:10 PM

            I noticed that and thought of your post. :D

            The tiny thing I liked was how you can run into strong currents underwater and have to fight with their physics. That’s really cool.

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      May 27, 2021 12:21 PM

      I just started the first one and part of me just wants to wait until this is out instead.

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      May 27, 2021 1:22 PM

      On my FireTV, the Twitch stream is much higher quality than the YouTube stream. Also these are not just live environments. Something is definitely happening. Machines showing up here and there, huge flocks of birds fleeing from something, and new machine sounds happening in the background of every location.

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        May 27, 2021 1:28 PM

        yeah, screen rattles and statics up as something huge is walking somewhere close by. SHOW ME BIG HUGE NEW ROBO DINO PLZ! this game is going to be so fucking awesome, I can't wait.

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        May 27, 2021 1:32 PM

        Twitch is better for these live streams yeah

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          May 27, 2021 1:38 PM

          also with the newer Shield pro and AI-enhanced image set to max it is pretty much 4K looking quality! :D

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        May 27, 2021 1:42 PM

        PROTIP: turn off chat so you don't have to read stupid shit like 'thanks for all the playstation plebs beta testing this for us pc users'

        30+ years ago I was hearing the same bs in 6th grade with nintendo/sega. People never change!

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          May 27, 2021 4:00 PM

          It’s probably the same people saying it at age 52, lol.

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      May 27, 2021 2:01 PM

      That rolled in very nicely, well done

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        May 27, 2021 2:02 PM

        yeah, that looked awesome, tons of detail

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      May 27, 2021 2:15 PM

      It feels a bit "cramped" ... FOV? It's work in progressive though so I dunno maybe that will improve.

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      May 27, 2021 2:16 PM

      wow

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      May 27, 2021 2:17 PM

      That looks awesome

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      May 27, 2021 2:17 PM

      That combat and movement looks vastly improved. Wow.

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      May 27, 2021 2:18 PM

      That increased traversal system looks to add some nice variety and up the pace. Also great they adjusted the climbing visual cues, they remembered she has a focus!

      I hope they have a 60fps option, I'm actually not sure I can go back to 30 after playing the PC at ~100.

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      May 27, 2021 2:21 PM

      no release date :( :(

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        May 27, 2021 2:27 PM

        It looks very promising but needs quite a bit of work, be SO much better they don't rush it. Frame rate and FOV was bad but if they can tune it then it should be amazing.

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          May 27, 2021 2:32 PM

          I think the original had a pretty narrow FOV, on PS4 at least. This game on an ultrawide with a proper FOV to match would be jaw dropping.

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          May 27, 2021 3:35 PM

          Framerate wasn't bad, check the YouTube video, my stream crapped and it was skipping frames but the other video is fine

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            May 27, 2021 3:59 PM

            I think some of my mixed thoughts came from the YouTube stream. Watched it on the TV app and it was particularly bad compared to the video you posted. Having said that I wouldn't judge even if there were frame dips in a work in progress build.

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          May 27, 2021 3:59 PM

          I don’t think it was the framerate that was the problem. It looks like they haven’t smoothed the move interpolation between each attack, especially in the hand to hand combat. Although the interpolation between a live attack into a canned result was super smooth and snazzy, so I assume they’ll be able to smooth the combat interpolation from attack to attack as well. Especially since we don’t have a release date yet.

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        May 27, 2021 2:36 PM

        We don't have an exact release date just yet, but development is on track and we will have an update for you very soon

        https://twitter.com/guerrilla/status/1398027526505603077?s=21

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      May 27, 2021 2:21 PM

      TAKE MY MONEY!!!!! That moment when I figured out it was San Francisco and they showed a map that looks like it goes to San Diego or Mexico?!?! Mutha fuckin ridable robot raptors, giant robo alligators Why does robot versions of dinos/animals MAKE ME SO HAPPY?!?! YES!!!!!

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      May 27, 2021 2:22 PM

      ...that was the entire broadcast?

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      May 27, 2021 2:24 PM

      Watching now in 4K

      https://youtu.be/wQATS4HOxdo

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        May 27, 2021 2:29 PM

        Looks much better, I really should skip watching the live streams and just watch the 4k video afterwards! Still the FOV, or is that just me?

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          May 27, 2021 2:35 PM

          Field of view didn't seem that bad to me. Zooms in a bit when stealthing in the grass and some cinematics, and a lot when in combat mode and aiming, but the wandering camera fov looked pretty normal to me for a 3rd person game.

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        May 27, 2021 2:37 PM

        Excellent

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        May 27, 2021 2:41 PM

        Does this have spoilers for the first one?

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        May 27, 2021 3:24 PM

        Incredible…

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      May 27, 2021 2:38 PM

      It looks really good, better than I expected honestly. Now I wonder how this looks on PS4.

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        May 27, 2021 2:45 PM

        the vegetation slider will be all the way down and it will run at 900p@30 on the pro

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        May 27, 2021 3:56 PM

        It won’t have the real time character model shadows and the global lighting effects and no mist and fog and so on, and will be 30fps, but I think it’s quite clear this game has found a healthy balance in the tech and design to not shortchange the PS5 version.

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      May 27, 2021 3:05 PM

      Little electronic parachute looks cute. Game is gorgeous.

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      May 27, 2021 3:17 PM

      The cutscene movements were so natural. Also the facial expressions are much improved from HZD. If it doesn't play well enough or looks great on a PS4, like CP2077, then it's worth getting a PS5 for. Yeah, too bad no release date.

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      May 27, 2021 6:13 PM

      Jesus Christ!!!!! That looks freaking insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-BkrwO_Dck OMG!!!! \m/ :) \m/ [ passes out ]

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