Due to its nature as a sequel, spoilers for Horizon Zero Dawn and The Frozen Wilds DLC will be unmarked. You have been warned.
Announced during the PlayStation 5 reveal event on June 11, 2020, Horizon Forbidden West is the sequel to 2017's Horizon Zero Dawn. The game sees the return of its original protagonist, Aloy, as she strikes out into the Forbidden West, the mysterious land far beyond the world she knows, from which none have returned before.
Provides examples of:
- Alien Kudzu: A strange plant called the red blight is infesting the terrain Aloy travels in the announcement trailer. It's choking and starving out the more ordinary wildlife; Alloy sees a dead fox surrounded by it, and an unnamed tribeswoman pulls a half-rotten carrot out of its tangle.
- Color Motif: The announcement trailer, as well as the subsequent developer message, lean heavily into red. The blight is red, the falling stars Sylens sees at one point are red, the overridden robots are - of course - red, the ominous storm is crackling with red lightning, and Aloy is, of course, a Red-Headed Hero.
- Domesticated Dinosaurs: Dinosaur machines, to be more specific: promo artwork shows one of the new tribes riding a raptor.
- Eiffel Tower Effect: A shot in the reveal trailer recreates the iconic Tunnel View of the Yosemite Valley with Aloy climbing on a rock formation that doesn't exist in real life.
- Flaming Meteor: Underplayed; at one point of the announcement trailer, Sylens watches a group of burning red meteors fall towards the Earth in the distance.
- Hostile Weather: Per the developer message, the Earth's AI-controlled weather system is spinning out of control, creating massive supercell storms and causing destructive floods. An enormous whirlwind of brown clouds and red lightning seen in the announcement trailer is one example of what results from that.
- Leitmotif: The second half of the trailer music is an slightly slower, more orchestral variation of Aloy's Theme from the first game.
- Ptero Soarer: One of the new robots seen in the announcement trailer are Sunwings, pterodactyl-esque machines that, as the name suggests, appear to have solar panels as wings.
- Raptor Attack: Promotional artwork for the game teases the appearance of raptor-esque machines, though they're yet to be seen in motion.
- Red-Headed Hero: The red-haired Aloy (who also sports green eyes) returns as the main protagonist in the announcement trailer.
- Thirsty Desert: The trailer sees Aloy walk endless dunes along the line of abandoned and rusted cars.
- Turtle Island: At one point in the announcement trailer, Aloy comes face-to-face with a Shellsnapper - a robot turtle easily twice her height, masquerading as a small island in the bog.
- Vagueness Is Coming: The trailer has this tone: Aloy says that she's the only one who can "stop what's coming", and the only clearly antagonistic forces seen are the red blight and the storm. Later underplayed by the developer message, which clarifies that "what's coming" is an ecological collapse, though the cause of it is left up to speculation.
- War Elephants: One of the tribes seen in the announcement trailer has tamed Tremor Tusks, enormous robot mammoths, and rides them to battle.