Well, it seems like the June 2022 State of Play has just dropped something big for Horizon Call of the Mountain: a gameplay trailer. I don’t know about you, but that’s a whole lot more than what I was expecting. You can check out said trailer below:

Horizon: Call of the VR Gameplay?

2 trailers for the price of 1 State of Play? I’ll take it.

When you watch the Horizon Call of the Mountain gameplay trailer, you immediately notice something: they changed the main character. While we didn’t actually see the main character in the original teaser trailer, we could tell the main character was female judging from her voice. Now though, the main character is definitely male. I think it seems a bit weird to just change the main character’s gender like that, but alright. At least Ryas seems like an interesting main character regardless. The PlayStation Blog has some more info about Ryas himself:

“The world of Horizon is spectacular up close. In Call of the Mountain, you’ll be seeing it through the eyes of Ryas, a former Shadow Carja Warrior who hopes to redeem himself by investigating a grave new threat to the Sundom. He is a master at climbing and archery, two skills crucial to survival as you step into his shoes, scaling perilous mountains and taking down mighty machines like the Thunderjaw.”

The actual gameplay of Horizon Call of the Mountain shown in the trailer is surprisingly complex for a virtual reality game. Guerilla Games and Firesprite really worked hard to make it play as close to Horizon Zero Dawn as possible. You see climbing puzzles just like in the main game, and there are even new ones unique to the VR mode. Not to mention, the fights against hostile machines using your bow felt almost like Horizon Zero Dawn. Color me hyped for this PS VR2 game now.

Horizon Forbidden West: Update

"Horizon Call of the Mountain" gameplay trailer screenshot showing Ryas fighting a Thunderjaw.
It’s not just Horizon Call of the Mountain that’s getting love.

As you might’ve noticed, the second half of the Horizon trailer from State of Play is news about Horizon Forbidden West. Guerilla Games have definitely not forgotten their latest masterpiece. The game itself is getting a major new update. The most prominent feature is a New Game+ mode that lets you start a new game, but with all of your end-game equipment. This should allow you to breeze through any repeat of the main story. Unless of course, you decide to opt for the equally as new Ultra Hard mode. For the true masochists out there who don’t think the base game is hard enough, this new mode is perfect for you.

There are also a few quality of life improvements for Horizon Forbidden West in this update. You can now respec your skill trees, and entirely for free. You can also transmog your outfits now to look like any other outfit in the game. There’s also a new Herbalist who’ll sell you animal skins, which will make upgrading your pouches easier if you have trouble hunting. Or trying to swim down fish that keep disappearing on you. But anyways, in addition to a new trophy pack, there’s also a new Performance Mode. This mode claims to improve visual fidelity, but we’ll just have to see how it looks in-game. Especially on the PS4.

Source: PlayStation YouTube, PlayStation Blog