CES 2022 was feeling a bit muted when it came to virtual reality (VR) announcements. That was until Sony held its press event which quickly drew a lot of interest thanks to its mention of PlayStation VR2. Alongside the official name reveal as well as the specs, one videogame was also mentioned, Horizon Call of the Mountain.
The announcement finally confirms a rumour that surfaced last year when the Xbox Era podcast suggested that Firesprite Games is “working on a Horizon VR game.” That was very much on point, as Firesprite and Guerilla are both working on the project, an entirely new adventure set within the Horizon universe. Horizon Call of the Mountain is being made specifically for PlayStation VR2, with Guerilla’s Studio Director and Studio Art & Animation Director Jan-Bart van Beek saying in a blog post that: “this unique experience has been designed to push hardware technology, innovation, and gameplay.”
To go along with the confirmation the teams released the first teasing footage of Horizon Call of the Mountain, showcasing a lush forest and one of the giant mechanical animals the Horizon franchise is known for. While no gameplay has been shown just yet, van Beek has said the narrative: “will be told through the eyes of an entirely new character.” There will be other new characters of course, but for fans of Horizon, some familiar faces are set to return.
Not much else is known at the moment with Guerilla currently focused on the upcoming launch of Horizon Forbidden West which is due out on 18th February.
Most of the excitement though is firmly focused on PlayStation VR2, the long-awaited successor to the 2016 headset that’s managed to hold up quite well alongside modern VR advancements. But PlayStation VR2 not only has big shoes to fill it also needs to excel in a far more competitive market, one that’s dominated by Meta Quest 2.
While the Quest 2 is standalone, PlayStation VR2 will be tethered to the PlayStation 5, which could work in its favour when it comes to visuals but not when it comes to flexibility due to the cable. On the other hand, PlayStation VR2 will sport in-built haptics, eye tracking, and those nifty looking Sense controllers.
As more details on Horizon Call of the Mountain come to light, VRFocus will keep you updated.