Horizon: Zero Dawn will no longer launch in its original release timeline of 2016, developer Guerrilla Games has announced.
The RPG, announced at last year's E3 during Sony's press conference and Guerrilla's first new IP since Killzone, will now launch on February 28, 2017 in the United States, March 1 in mainland Europe and March 3 in the UK.
"It wasn’t an easy choice to make; we know many of you have been anxious to play the game since we first announced it," Guerrilla Games managing director Herman Hulst said on the PlayStation Blog announcing the delay. "However, we also want to ensure that Horizon Zero Dawn lives up to the visuals and gameplay quality that our games are known for. The new date affords us the extra time required to deliver fully on our ambitious vision for Horizon Zero Dawn."
"We realise that this decision may not please everyone. At the same time, we’re confident that the advantages of the additional development time afforded by the new date will become clear in the coming months, as we start to share more cool details and videos from Horizon Zero Dawn."
Not to leave empty-handed, however, the game's first new glimpse since last year's Paris Games Week came in the form of a brand new trailer. And it looks fantastic. There's more intrigue as players try to discover what brought down the end of civilization on Earth following a massive blackout, plus quite a bit of variety in terms of the environments shown in the footage such as forests, snowy wastelands, deserts and more.
Sony's also unveiled the game's boxart plus two special editions. You can find those, and the trailer, below. Expect another big showing in the form of a brand new live demo at Sony's E3 presser next Monday.
In the meantime, read our thoughts on the game from last year's E3 here.