Horizon Forbidden West Vs. Horizon Zero Dawn Graphics Comparison Is Night & Day

YouTuber ElAnalistaDeBits created a graphics comparison video that highlights the major differences between Horizon: Forbidden West and its predecessor, Horizon: Zero Dawn. During yesterday’s Forbidden West-centric State of Play broadcast, developer Guerrilla Games showcased roughly 15 minutes of the open-world adventure in action.

Fans got their first look at an overgrown and largely demolished San Francisco landscape, which came across as nothing short of stunning even when taking video compression into consideration. The animations proved mesmerizing, too, as did the water and other fine details strewn throughout the environment. In addition to the incredible graphics, captured on PlayStation 5 hardware, viewers became enamored with the all-new gameplay and mechanics. Aloy’s prowess as a melee fighter seems to have most notably improved since her first adventure in Zero Dawn. Unsurprisingly, it’s clear Guerrilla developers were keen on enhancing other aspects of the experience, as well.

On the heels of yesterday’s State of Play, YouTube channel ElAnalistaDeBits crafted an eight-minute comparison video examining the drastic graphical differences between Horizon: Forbidden West’s PlayStation 5 build and Zero Dawn. Early in the video analysis, the YouTuber highlights the character models and facial animations, both of which were heavily criticized upon the 2017 title’s release. Close-ups on faces don’t appear nearly as glossy in the latest entry; lip-syncing has undergone substantial improvements, too. Water physics also received major overhaul, since, as ElAnalistaDeBits notes, underwater exploration will play a prominent role in Forbidden West.

Clearly, Guerrilla Games made more than a few choice changes to its proprietary Decima Engine. Zero Dawn was unbelievably stunning, particularly with regards to the landscape and weather effects. Death Stranding, another game powered by Decima Engine, proved even more impressive in terms of graphics and animation. Horizon: Forbidden West running on PS5 currently sits in a league of its own, however.

While yesterday’s State of Play gave fans of the nascent franchise plenty to chew on, one piece of information went without mention – Forbidden West’s release date. In a social media post following the broadcast, Guerrilla explained that a due date has yet to be decided on. Still, production for the eagerly-anticipated sequel remains “on track” and the team plans to share another update “very soon.”


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