Update: Well, it looks like this is probably happening after all. Following on from a rumour outbreak earlier today, Bloomberg's Jason Schreier has weighed in on the situation, reporting that Horizon Forbidden West will indeed be delayed into the first quarter of 2022. The PS5 and PS4 game had been targeting a 2021 release window, but has never received a concrete date.
Again, like the earlier rumours, this hasn't been confirmed by Sony just yet — but the company may be forced to release a statement in the near future if this story gains traction (which it most likely will).
Original Story: Fridays are always pretty slow when it comes to news, and so a lot of websites (just like Push Square!) end up latching onto even the most questionable gossip. To be fair, this latest "rumour" isn't all that ridiculous, but it is gathering momentum as more and more sites run with it. As such, we just wanted to offer our own take on the matter.
So, as you may have already noticed, there's a lot of ongoing chatter regarding the release date for Horizon Forbidden West. It all stems from the words of Jeff Grubb, who, speaking on his Giant Bomb show (as reported by VGC), said that Sony could be looking to delay the open world game into 2022 — as per an unnamed source.
The thing is, a delay would hardly come as a huge surprise. After Forbidden West was shown off in a dedicated State of Play broadcast, PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst couldn't confirm whether the title would hit its targeted 2021 launch window. According to Hulst — speaking in June — development was still on track, but again, he wasn't "certain" about the finished product dropping before the end of the year.
Of course, Sony wants Forbidden West to hit around the holidays — it would be a tentpole title for the PlayStation 5 roughly one year after the console's launch. However, the Japanese giant has always been against releasing its games before they're ready. There's no doubt that if it's necessary, Sony will delay the game, as it's done numerous times before with other projects.
It's also worth noting that Grubb doesn't say that a delay is nailed on — it's very much speculation on his part, based on things that he's heard. "I don’t know for sure, I think it’s still undecided, but I think it’s leaning towards Horizon Forbidden West in 2022," he explains.
And that's about it, really. Nothing much has actually changed on the Horizon Forbidden West front — despite what current headlines might suggest. As always, we're just going to have to wait for official word from Sony.
Do you think Forbidden West will make it out this year, or will Sony hold it back? Draw your bow in the comments section below.