Horizon Forbidden West could start from the original game’s location of Colorado. Guerrilla Games have teased.
In an interview with Gamesradar, Narrative Director Ben McCaw, stated that, “the vast, vast majority of the game takes place in the Forbidden West” alluding to the potential of small sections of the game not taking place there.
Both McCaw and game director Mathijs de Jonge explained that the recent Horizon Forbidden West State of Play demo is actually set a few hours into the game’s story. “The demo takes place quite far into the game,” explains de Jonge. “So she has already progressed for quite a few hours.”
“We start with a way smaller starting kit and over the course [of the game] as you play the quests and the activities, and as you explore, you gain all these new abilities,” de Jonge added in response to questions about Aloy’s new tech and weaponry.
Aloy has spent the six months in between games trying to find a cure for the Red Blight that is a sign the planet’s biosphere is malfunctioning. She’s now traveled to the Forbidden West to join her allies – including best boy Erend – for the next stage of her plan.
This suggests that the game will in fact start in the Colorado setting of the original game, Horizon Zero Dawn, with Aloy and co traveling to this new locale – which includes real-world locations such as San Francisco and Las Vegas – as part of the game’s opening section.