Horizon Call of the Mountain is set to be one of the first major PlayStation VR2 titles as players will soon be able to immerse in the post-apocalyptic series from a whole new perspective. From a release date to early gameplay details, here’s everything we know.
Hot off the heels of Horizon Forbidden West, yet another exciting journey in Sony’s beloved franchise is already on the… horizon. Excuse the pun.
Rather than another traditional third-person experience, however, Horizon Call of the Mountain is being built from the ground up for the next generation of VR hardware. With an entirely new protagonist, all-new gameplay opportunities, and stunning visuals, there’s plenty to look forward to.
Before we embark on this new journey here’s a full breakdown of everything there is to know about Horizon Call of the Mountain.
- Does Horizon Call of the Mountain have a release date?
- Horizon Call of the Mountain exclusive to PS VR2?
- Horizon Call of the Mountain trailers
- Horizon Call of the Mountain storyline
- Horizon Call of the Mountain gameplay details
Horizon Call of the Mountain is officially set to launch alongside the PS VR2 system on February 22, 2023.
Serving as a marquee launch title, this means players who get in right away can enjoy the new Horizon experience on day one with their new PS VR2 unit.
For the time being, Horizon Call of the Mountain is indeed an exclusive title just for the PS VR2 system.
Having been built specifically for Sony’s new hardware, with all marketing tied directly to the new VR system, the new Horizon experience is locked in to launch alongside the PS VR2. As for what happens after launch, however, is anyone’s guess.
It’s worth keeping in mind that Horizon Zero Dawn, the first entry in the series, reached PC in 2020, three years after its initial launch on PS4. Therefore, there’s also a chance we see Call of the Mountain on various other VR platforms in the years to come. But for now, nothing has been confirmed beyond PS VR2.
The very first teaser for Horizon Call of the Mountain arrived on January 5, 2022 providing just a short 15-second look at the game in action.
Next up we saw almost 90 seconds of gameplay during Sony’s June 2, 2022 State of Play broadcast.
Horizon Call of the Mountain storyline
For the first time in franchise history, players will assume the role of a new protagonist in Horizon Call of the Mountain. While Aloy is confirmed to feature along the way, we’ll be experiencing the narrative “through the eyes of an entirely new character” known as Ryas.
As a former Shadow Carja Warrior, Ryas excels at climbing and archery, both of which will come in handy as he looks to unravel the mystery behind an all-new threat. Having been recruited by the familiar Sun-King Avad, Ryas is not only tasked with uncovering this new enemy force, but also in earning his freedom.
“Ryas ended up on the wrong side for the right reasons,” Guerrilla’s Studio Narrative Director Ben McCaw said on the PlayStation Blog. “His family was torn apart, and ultimately, he was incarcerated. This is the story of how he tries to come back from that.”
Seen in the first gameplay trailer, Call of the Mountain sees players quite literally journeying up a mountain, trekking through the wilderness, and encountering a range of new friends, foes, and mechanical beasts on the ascent.
Following a brief snippet during its reveal, Call of the Mountain received a full gameplay breakdown during Sony’s June 2 State of Play event. We now know for certain that the VR experience features a mix of traversal and combat.
From the immersive first-person perspective, players can wield various tools and weapons to climb and take down a number of intimidating machines. Although it doesn’t appear to be a true open-world like its mainline counterparts, Call of the Mountain will seemingly push you through a number of large environments, of which you can explore in any direction.
Familiar foes like Watchers, Scrappers, and even Thunderjaws are all set to feature throughout.
Alongside the core storyline, Call of the Mountain is also set to feature a separate “River Ride experience,” devs have revealed. This seemingly tranquil mode lets players sit back and relax, taking in the sights and sounds of Horizon through an on-rails chunk of gameplay.
While that’s all we know about Horizon Call of the Mountain for now, we’ll be sure to keep you updated in the coming months as further details emerge.