Sony and Guerrilla Games revealed more details about Horizon Forbidden West gameplay. Namely, it talked about some of the new tools at her disposal and how new actions might work. Some of these are ones hinted at before. For example, her newfound abilities to climb, glide, and swim showed up in past trailers.
There are two types of tools that will make it easier for Aloy to get around. Two of the new Horizon Forbidden West gameplay mechanics involve the Pullcaster and Shieldwing. The former is a bit like a grappling hook that has winch elements to it. You can use it to climb or launch Aloy or grab and pull things. The Shieldwing is a glider.
Guerrilla also discussed how climbing will work. No tribal handholds in things will be required to scale them. Instead, some areas will be naturally able to be climbed. Aloy can also high vault to scale things more swiftly.
As for customization, there are two new Horizon Forbidden West gameplay mechanics in play. One will be a skill tree. This returns from the original, but will feature new abilities and changes. The other is a workbench for adding things like perks and skills to equipment.
Horizon Forbidden West will arrive on February 18, 2022 on the PS4 and PS5. The PS4 version will include a free PS5 upgrade.