Horizon Forbidden West was pushed back to 2022 in part to avoid crunch

Horizon Forbidden West is now available worldwide for PS5 and PS4 consoles. The long-awaited return of Aloy, this time in the Forbidden West, represents a qualitative and quantitative leap compared to the original work of 2017. Affected by several delays in its development, we have now learned one of the reasons for which it did not finally come out at the end of last year, but in February 2022: avoid the crunch; another way of referring to peak work periods where overtime becomes normal for weeks or months. Not always paid.

“Horizon Forbidden West could have come out at the end of last year”

The studio based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, intended to reach stores for PS4 and PS5 at the end of 2021, but in the end it did not happen. Mathijs de Jonge, its director, explained in the Dutch outlet NU (via ResetERA) that the change of date responded, in part, to avoid these situations of labor exploitation “We are very aware of the disadvantages of the crunch”, he acknowledges, “so we took that very much into account in our planning.”Horizon Forbidden West review PS4 PS5 Guerrilla Games Sony PlayStation

The manager gives the Christmas period of 2021 as an example. Months ago they made the decision that Guerrilla Games would not work during the Christmas holidays. “It is allowed, but we were not going to prevent it,” he underlines when referring to the rest periods of his workers. Vacation means vacation.

Forbidden West could have come out at the end of last year, but then we would have had to do overtime. People also need to be able to relax and take vacations; for example, to be with family and friends. That also influenced the decision to release the game now”, in February 2022.

Horizon Forbidden West is now available on PS4 and PS5

The announcement of the delay was communicated during the night of August 25. Guerrilla Games confirmed that the long-awaited sequel to Aloy would not be ready for Christmas, although no specific details were released: they needed more time. Its director, Mathijs de Jonge, said then that the decision “was not easy.”

Horizon Forbidden West is available for PS4 and PS5 consoles in physical and digital format; It is one of the best rated games of the year. You can read our analysis here and consult our complete guide at this link.

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