Horizon Forbidden West has an entire team of developers, called the Living World Team, dedicated to bringing the open world experience to life for in-game players.

New insights into Horizon Forbidden West Playstation blogEspen Sogn, guerrilla lead living world designer, explains how his team is working on different aspects of world design to bring the PlayStation to life.

“When you walk west of the forbidden, you should feel that everything belongs to it,” says Sogun. “The Guerrilla Living World team is working on aspects of the game that make the world feel real and lively. Tribes, settlements, people within them. There is an intention behind everything we put in the world. . “

It seems that the intention is to help players understand and fully experience Forbidden West’s story and characters when it launches next year. As part of the post, the studio explains that the Living World team is working closely with the game’s narrative designers to welcome players with a meaningful visual experience from the perspective of storytelling the entire game. doing.

Screenshots of Horizon Forbidden West State of Play

“Our main challenge is to transform this narrative framework into a visual that is essential to the world itself,” says Sogn. “For example, Tenax [one of the human tribes within the game] Known to be competitive and focused on combat, so are other tribes. So how do you distinguish them and how do you visually convey them? “

“Then the details, the animation, the actions are all. Within their settlement, you can see Tenax preparing for the battle. They need to be capable warriors, so they can be young. Often, their foundation is ancient ruins. From there, they picked up certain old-world gestures that may not be completely understandable, such as greeting with military salutes. “

“Ultimately, our goal is to be able to feel connected to where the NPCs live, and to work closely with other internal teams such as narratives, quests, and the environment, everything. Makes the location feel real, “Sogn concludes.

This concept image shows the village of Forbidden West, one of the Horizons.

This concept image shows the village of Forbidden West, one of the Horizons.

Overall, it sounds like another potential path for guerrillas to improve in the Horizon sequel. Earlier this month, the team confirmed that Forbidden West’s robotic animal population would be able to take advantage of ideas and mechanics that were not achieved in the first game of the series. Meanwhile, the studio also provides insights into the changes that Alloy is experiencing this time, with the character gaining many additional tools at her disposal, as well as additional combat skills and increased climbing abilities. I am.

The Horizon Forbidden West will be available on February 18, 2022. Check the dedicated IGN page for the latest information on the game.

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