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Horizon Forbidden West: can you play Burning Shores without finishing the main game first?

Horizon Forbidden West is about to get its first expansion, Burning Shores, in just a few weeks, and Guerrilla reveals how players will have to prepare for it.

Horizon Forbidden West: can you play Burning Shores without finishing the main game first?

One of the main characteristics of Horizon Forbidden West and the original game is that combat requires some preparation. Aloy improves her equipment and chooses weapons based on the weaknesses of each enemy. In the same way, when laying Burning Shores, the expansion of the second adventure starring the robot-dino hunter will also require us to make some other preparations. The question is, can it be played without completing the main quest?

In a video posted by Guerrilla, the Amsterdam-based studio has explained to players how to prepare for the new adventure. In addition to offering advice on the game itself, the developer has revealed that you will have to complete all the main missions in order to access the expansion. Once that requirement is met, Aloy will receive a call from Silas, who will lead her to her next objective.

Why isn’t Burning Shores coming to PS4?

Director Mathijs de Jonge has explained the reasons why Burning Shore is a “new generation” exclusive content. According to the creative, for Horizon Forbidden West they had to always take into account their optimization on PS4: "We’ve been able to charge forward and we’re really excited about what we’ve been able to pull off in creating this stunning post-post-apocalyptic version of Los Angeles."

Both the city ruins and the surrounding area require “a lot of processing power as well as high-speed streaming technology," so it drops that the previous-generation machine fell short. “Another notable one is a particular battle scene that requires a LOT of memory and processing power! To achieve this grand vision both technically and creatively, we definitely were thankful for the many advantages that the PS5 hardware brings."

Burning Shores goes on sale this April 19 at a price of $19.99. Horizon Forbidden West is a direct sequel to the original game, which is available on both PS4 and PS5.

Source | Guerrilla