Horizon Forbidden West teases giant robot snakes and pterodactyls

Sony and Guerrilla Games have shared a new trailer for Horizon Forbidden West, showing off some of the new enemies players will encounter when the game launches on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 in February.

It comes shortly after another new trailer premiered at the Game Awards 2021, although this one focused more on the different environments Aloy will be going through. The most recent trailer, on the other hand, takes a closer look at the new enemy types, namely the Rollerback, Sunwing, and Slitherfang.

“Some serve as guardians of the natural order, while others are built only to kill,” narrative director Ben McCaw explained in an article on the PlayStation blog revealing new enemies. “Worse yet, the power to control them has fallen into the wrong hands. McCaw also teased that there were still plenty of new machines to reveal for the game.

The Rollerback appears to be based on an armadillo, capable of curling into a ball and rolling at high speed. The pterodactyl-like Sunwing doesn’t seem to be so antagonistic, it glides smoothly through the air. We would expect this one to be able to be tamed and ridden which would be fun.

The Slitherfang, meanwhile, is a giant cobra that McCaw says can spit acid. Between that and her size, this will probably be one of the most dangerous encounters. The way he moves on the ground is a testament to the Guerrilla animation team as well, though, frankly, all the machines look amazing on the move.

Where is the PS4 version?

Aloy from Horizon Forbidden West is fed up with the camera

(Image credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Sony continues to show PS5 footage of Horizon Forbidden West in action so far and has yet to show gameplay footage from the PS4 version. Just yesterday, Guerrilla Games shared screenshots of Horizon Forbidden Dawn running on PS4 and it sure looks just as gorgeous. But it won’t matter if the game doesn’t perform as well as it did on PS5.

It’s no secret that Sony is looking to push more people to invest in a PS5 and downgrade from the PS4. Originally, Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 wasn’t going to come with an upgrade path to the PS5 version, but Sony backed off following backlash from fans.

Going forward, however, all other proprietary PlayStation games coming out for both PS4 and PS5 will not offer free upgrades. So, for titles like God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7, you will have to pay an additional $ 10 to upgrade from the PS4 version to the PS5 version. A move that only makes Microsoft’s Smart Delivery service on Xbox more appealing, as any Xbox One purchase comes free with the Xbox Series X / S version. At least now we know you can take all the frustrations out of giant robot snakes away, right?


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