Who needs E3 to release an epic trailer? Horizon Zero Dawn doesn’t. The trailer below makes news of a delay a little easier to swallow. Horizon Zero Dawn is now slated for February 28, 2017. Now cheer up and watch the new trailer.

Yep, that was awesome. I love the premise of Horizon Zero Dawn and love the execution even more. We’ll play as Aloy, a woman with a mysterious origin. For some reason, she has been declared an outcast. Why? That’s what we’re going to find out.

The journey takes us across a post-apocalyptic Earth. What happened? Why are there robot animals roaming around? Who are you? WTF is going on period?

“These questions Aloy. The tribe has forbidden,” says the narrator. “What if the answers are worse than not knowing.”

C’mon. Like that ever stops anybody. “I came from somewhere,” says Aloy as a machine says “identity confirmed.”

Horizon Zero Dawn machine

“Even if it destroys me, I will see this through.”

Guerrilla Games Managing Director Hermen Hulst had this to say in a blog post about the delay. “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,” writes Hulst.

“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.”

I say take all the time you need. The holiday season is already stacked. And there isn’t much to gain by introducing a new IP around the likes of Battlefield, Call of Duty, Halo Wars and Titanfall.

We know Guerrilla Games can deliver a beautiful looking game. But can Horizon Zero Dawn be their marquee game? I was a fan of the Killzone series, but it never became the household name like Uncharted.

Horizon Zero Dawn looks the part and has a compelling story and setting. A February 2017 release date gives them the best opportunity for success. We’ll see if Guerilla Games can deliver early next year. It was already at the top of my most anticipated list. Today’s trailer cements its position.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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