Horizon Forbidden West is set to expand upon its predecessor with many improvements and features. Many improvements have revolved around Horizon Forbidden West's quality of life features, an expansion on attributed skills and gear, and new traversal tools that players can use to investigate more freely. Further, Horizon Forbidden West's length will compare to Horizon Zero Dawn's.
However, with an altogether new installment and all its substance, there is already a useful device players will have access to for more legend and detail on the game. Future Press has collaborated with Guerrilla Games to create an official strategy guide for Horizon Forbidden West, which is now available for pre-request from an Amazon UK listing, however it will not release until the finish of March. Interestingly, the strategy guide's descriptive snippet makes a claim about the number of machines players can hope to experience in Horizon Forbidden West.
Future Press' claim states that Horizon Forbidden West will feature "40+ intricately designed machines that stalk the Forbidden West." Clawstriders, Bristlebacks, and Burrowers, for example, are new to the franchise. In any case, not all of Horizon Forbidden West's machines will be completely original. It has already been affirmed that the game will reprise several of the machines experienced in Horizon Zero Dawn, such as Chargers and Snapmaws.
Horizon Zero Dawn has 25 machines of various variations and species, which include Fire Bellowbacks, Deathbringers, Shell-Walkers, and Lancehorns. Any number of these machines may get back to the franchise in the sequel, particularly assuming Aloy travels to a diverse biome that they are generally experienced around. Horizon Forbidden West's new underwater traversal feature will surely expand the types of aquatic machines Aloy must face, and the Forbidden West could present many more new machines that have not yet been revealed.
Horizon Forbidden West's official strategy guide boasts 600+ pages, with over 200 pages "dedicated to dissecting the game's biggest attractions." But other aspects of the game that the guide covers are its combat, quests, and world. Assuming players wish for "exacting detail on all aspects of an equally massive game" they will find it in this official strategy guide.
This strategy guide is guaranteed to have express spoilers throughout, so it very well may be in players' best interests to avoid taking a look at it until they themselves have finished Horizon Forbidden West. Otherwise, its purpose is to assist players in making their way through the game and is reserved for dedicated fans who wish to have a careful and broad guide for it.