Horizon Forbidden West introduces new machines, including the Bristlebacks

By Heidi Nicholas,
Update: Next to be introduced are Bristlebacks. They seem to be more aggressive than the Grazers and the Broadheads — the deer and cattle-like machines of the first game — and even more belligerent than the more hostile Chargers. Guerrilla Games says of the Bristlebacks that "Despite their classification as herd-based acquisition machines, Bristlebacks aren’t skittish; instead of fleeing they become highly aggressive when threatened, using their tusks to great effect."

Original story: Horizon Forbidden West will feature a number of new machines, and Guerrilla Games has already introduced some of these: including the new amphibious Shellsnapper.

Game director Mathijs de Jonge says Shellsnappers "guard the shores and swamps", and from Guerrilla Games's description that a Shellsnapper "can dig itself in and lie dormant for days or even weeks, allowing its impenetrable shell to become covered by the surrounding foliage", it sounds as though we'll have to tread with caution to avoid coming across one of these unexpectedly.

From Guerrilla Games's tweet of "Meet the beasts!" it sounds as though we'll be getting more of these brief introductions through the next few weeks. We've seen several others of Horizon Forbidden West's new machines, including what de Jonge describes as the "mammoth-like Tremor Tusk": an enormous machine already armoured and made even more fearsome by the tribes who have "outfitted" it further. Another of these newer additions are the Sunwings. Resembling a Pterosaur, the Sunwings look massive, and as though they'll be more agile — and probably even more difficult — than the first game's Glinthawks.


Jonge says the game's map will be "a bit bigger", with Aloy able to go underwater to explore rivers and lakes. It looks as though she'll travel to a lot of new biomes, including more valleys and deserts, and since Horizon Forbidden West will have "dozens of new machines", it's likely we'll find them scattered across the map.

Horizon Forbidden West launches on PlayStation 5 in 2021.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!