Over the last few months, Guerrilla Games has been teasing the upcoming PlayStation VR2 adventure Horizon Call of the Mountain. Today, we wanted to take a closer look at Ryas, the character you will play as you experience a new story in the world of Horizon. Ryas was a soldier who played a key role in the abduction of young Prince Itamen from his home in Meridian during the Red Raids, a brutal campaign of attacks and ritual sacrifice inflicted by the Carja on their neighboring tribes. After allowing himself to be captured and imprisoned by the Carja, Ryas was spared execution and now has been recruited by Sun-King Avad and Blameless Marad to investigate a new threat.
Guerrilla’s Studio Narrative Director, Ben McCaw, offered us further insight: “Ryas ended up on the wrong side for the right reasons. His family was torn apart, and ultimately, he was incarcerated. This is the story of how he tries to come back from that.” Ryas must earn his freedom and make amends for his past if he hopes to be accepted by the Carja. Along the way, players will meet new characters and be reunited with familiar ones.
Horizon Call of the Mountain will be an incredibly immersive experience with haptic feedback, intelligent eye tracking, and an ultra-wide field of view. Players will be able to experience the world of Horizon from a new perspective, through both Ryas as a compelling new protagonist and the PS VR2 headset. Says Ben McCaw, “We took the Horizon experience and built it from the ground up for VR. And for this, we felt we needed a new protagonist. As a master climber, hunter, and explorer, Ryas offers the perfect viewpoint of the sweeping vistas and dangerous wilds of Horizon.” Horizon Call of the Mountain will launch on 22 February, so stay tuned for more updates!