Agree with Jason Schreier, a well-known industry insider and journalist at Bloomberg, the new Horizon installment will not launch in 2021 as expected. For now it is not a confirmed news, far from it, but it is already the second insider who says that the announcement of the delay of the game is imminent.
Horizon Forbidden West was presented in June last year at the presentation of PlayStation 5, the game was scheduled for 2020 with a delivery designed for PS4. Then it was announced that it would also come to PS5, so it became an intergenerational title, one of those expected by fans, in fact.
The first installment sold more than 10 million copies after its release in 2017, so Sony was eager to repeat the success of a new IP. Now, it seems that repeating the success will have to wait since the game will not arrive in December 2021 as expected.
Hermen Hulst, president of PlayStation Studios, admitted that the game was on its way to launch at the end of the year, but added that things could change. According to Schreier and Jeff Grubb, things turned around so Horizon Forbidden West will now launch in 2022.
For now the sources are not official but both journalists tend to have good sources in the industry. In addition, it makes sense since we are almost in August and we have no date or publicity material beyond that controversial trailer. So we would take this rumor with a grain of salt, albeit preparing for a delay, which is very normal in times of pandemic.