Horizon Forbidden West has just been out for a couple of months now, and with several updates and patches released, the developers are working hard to make the game very stable for all the players. HFW does have a fair share of bugs, crashes, and issues that the developers have been made aware of. Just recently we discovered a number of players reported the spear is not working for them, or the melee attack not working or disabled. Thankfully, the devs are hard at work to fix all of these issues.
While there seems to be no set date, the issues are noted by the devs and they are working hard to fix them. If you want to take a look at a list of all the errors and issues that are going to be fixed in the coming updates, you can find them down below. In case you missed it, we have covered the beginner’s guide to the game, along with how to contact HFW customer support.
Horizon Forbidden West: Known Issues and Workarounds
Here’s a list of all the official known issues currently present in the game. If you are facing any other bug or crashing in Horizon Forbidden West, please let us know in the comments and we’ll add it here! Hopefully, it’ll be picked up by the developers and fixed.
UPDATE – April 20: Patch 1.12 includes fixes several progression issues reported by the community, datapoints not unlocking and more. This should fix a number of issues with the game for you.
UPDATE – April 6: Patch 1.10 / Patch 1.11 is now finally out with a long list of bug fixes. The patch introduces tons of bug fixes and balance changes, it also brings a few performance and stability improvements for people experiencing unstable performance in some areas of the game. Is the spear not working for you? Or the melee attack not working in the game? Report back after installing this update.
UPDATE – March 30: Patch 1.09 was just released.
UPDATE – March 16: Patch 1.08 is now out. This update fixes a bunch of known issues and makes improvements to the main quests. The game should feel a lot smoother now and your progress won’t get hindered due to various quest glitches.
UPDATE – March 9: Patch 1.07 was just deployed and it fixes a bunch of known issues that were plaguing the game since release. The biggest issue resolved in this patch is the blurry textures around the vegetation in Performance mode. There are tons of other fixes as well so make sure to go through the patch notes.
UPDATE – March 2: Patch 1.06 was just deployed, so you can expect a number of new bug fixes now. A lot of you have been commenting below regarding all the issues in the game, so hopefully, this patch should fix much of them.
UPDATE – February 23: Patch 1.05 is now out that fixes a number of bugs and issues faced by the players. The developers have also acknowledged a few more issues that they are currently working on right now, and will eventually get fixed in a future update.
Here is a list of those known issues:
- The team continues to make tweaks to the game’s content with the goal to reduce visual shimmering.
- Players have reported an issue in Side Quest “Lofty Ambitions”. After Abadund’s dialogue has taken place, the player will temporarily not be able to trade with Abadund due to no prompt appearing.
- Players have reported an issue in Side Quest “A Soldier’s March” where after defeating the Frostclaw, the mission objective does not complete.
- Players have reported an issue in Handa’s Contract “Ancient Relics”, where the mission progression will be stuck on “2/3 Gather Ancient Relics”, or “Go to the Northern Ancient Machine Site” if the player leaves the area.
- Players have reported that the Apex Grimhorn does not spawn in game outside of quests, potentially preventing players from obtaining 100% game completion.
- Outfits may appear to be covered by dark shadows in inventory.
Fidelity Mode Bad Visuals
Some players have reported that the visuals look weird in the Fidelity mode. According to a user, the screen saturation changes depending on if the camera is moving or static. This can make the screen look washed out. What’s weird is that this issue does not happen if you switch to performance mode. Surprisingly, this issue is persistent and happens every time you start the game. The devs have taken note of it and are now working to fix it.
Photo Mode Showing Blurred Textures
While not the most common issue, some users have reported that the photo mode was showing blurred textures. This only happens if you change the portrait pose for Aloy in the photo mode. After that, you will notice that Aloy has a blur effect alongside Aloy’s hair and body. We are not sure what causes this issue but it has been noted by the devs.
This bug seems to be extremely rare but users have faced it. Regardless of the resolution, players have complained that the anti-aliasing doesn’t work well. They can see a lot of shimmering in the vegetation and buildings. This happens on both the performance and resolution modes.
Issues Redeeming Codes
Surprisingly, there are quite a few people that have complained that their codes didn’t redeem when they tried to use them. Keep in mind that this issue was faced by players yesterday and has been fixed since then. This issue was due to the time region difference. As soon as the game officially came out, players can use their codes freely. However, if you are still facing this problem, kindly contact the devs.
Aloy Doesn’t Interact With Machine Remains
This is another common issue that many players have reported. At first, this was only a problem on the PS4 Pro but PS5 players have also confirmed that they are facing this bug. When you reach the first machine’s remains, Aloy will not interact with it no matter what. This causes your progress to be hindered. This issue happens if your companion gets left behind if you get to the machine too quickly. To fix this, restart the game or reload your save file and walk slowly alongside your companion.
Are you facing any issues in Horizon Forbidden West that the developers are not aware of? Let us know in the comments section down below!