Horizon: Zero Dawn has been delayed to early 2017, Guerilla Games has confirmed. The game now won't ship in North America until February 28, 2017 and in Europe until March 1, 2017. It was previously due to launch this year.
The new date was revealed in a new trailer for the game released earlier this afternoon (below).
"As you can see in the trailer, we’ve decided to push the release date for Horizon Zero Dawn to February 28, 2017," Guerrilla's managing director Hermen Hulst wrote on PlayStation Blog. "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.
"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 realize 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. We really, really appreciate your patience and continued support, and look forward to bringing you the best game we possibly can in February 2017."
Confirmation follows an earlier rumour from industry insider Shinobi602, who claimed that the game had been pushed back to early 2017. Things got a little confusing, however, after a flyer included with French copies of Uncharted 4 suggested that the game was still on track for release this year.
With Horizon delayed, Sony still has at least two major AAA titles still planned for launch later this year, including The Last Guardian and Gran Turismo Sport. It also plans to launch PlayStation VR this October.