Between the new skill tree and armor upgrades, Aloy will have plenty of new toys to play with in Horizon Forbidden West. We just learned more about how the armor upgrade process works and how it will reflect the friends and foes Aloy makes along the journey.
The last PlayStation blog post details how the narrative and culture of Forbidden West inspire our protagonist’s outfits. The behavior of tribes and NPCs are different, and those qualities are also reflected in your armor. As the post explains, the Nora are stealthy ranged fighters, the Carja use traps, and the Oseram like to run straight towards their prey with hammers. These three, along with the other distinct tribes in the game, can give Aloy outfits that “reflect and support these unique approaches to combat.” These can then be upgraded with new perks through the workbenches you will find in the settlements.
Robotic machine components like Stormbird and Shellsnapper will be needed to implement these updates. Developer Guerrilla Games says players should “take note of machines that have visible horns, claws, fangs, or tails.” If you are looking for world-class equipment, know that “more advanced upgrades will require specific machine resources.” Fortunately, Aloy can scan the machines and identify the parts she needs.
You can interact with all those systems next year. Horizon Forbidden West will be released on February 18, 2022 as a cross-generation game for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. More Horizon games from other studios may also be on the way in the future.