Horizon Forbidden West’s Alpha Build Reportedly Leaked Online

The alpha build will supposedly allow for people to tinker with the game's code and find potentially scrapped content.

Horizon Forbidden West launched to critical acclaim, lived up to, and even surpassed the standards set by the former entry. The title was praised for its impressive visuals, alluring lore, and fascinating gameplay; it expanded well upon the world featured by Horizon Zero Dawn. However, the title has recently suffered a massive leak.

The alpha build of the game has been leaked online, and everyone has now access to an earlier, primitive version of Horizon Forbidden West.

The unfinished build leak was earlier noted by a prominent platform, PSXHax, which is targeted at PlayStation users. In other words, Horizon Forbidden West’s alpha version is available on the web for users to play and dissect.

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Major Takeaway

  • Horizon Forbidden West’s alpha build has leaked online just after 10 months following the game’s successful launch.
  • The alpha build may feature a slew of features, and scrapped content that did not make the final cut in the released version.
  • The internal build may also provide deeper access to modification. We could see an unofficial PC port follow in a few months. Moreover, the unfinished build can be played on a jail-broken PlayStation 4. 
  • Guerrilla Games has made no official comments regarding the huge leak, but we can expect the company to take heavy action against the leaked build.

The staggering leak crept up to players in the form of a PKG file named “TestGame” uploaded on the site. To everyone’s surprise, it concerned the highly-popular Horizon Forbidden West. It was ultimately the alpha version of the game, and it includes deeper access into the game’s raw, unfinished, and potentially hidden experience.

The non-public and internalized build may potentially incorporate unwanted, hidden, ditched, and other forms of content that did not make it into Horizon Forbidden West’s released version. Although not confirmed by the community yet, there may be heaps of scrapped content in the build.

One commenter on the site elaborated regarding the game’s alpha version, “For people that don’t know, this is not just any test game. It’s Horizon Forbidden West, but an alpha version of it, made when devs had to send it to production so that testers can test it remotely during COVID times.

The particulars in the game can be reverse-engineered due to the unsolicited access to the debug-enabled Decima engine. The game could be tinkered with in more profound ways. 

The alpha leak features a way to plunge deep into the unfinished build for the community. The prototype build includes a fully unlockable debug menu and grants players deeper access to the game. The debug menu could be deeply to dissect the game from within and modify Horizon Forbidden West’s content.

The alpha build of Horizon Forbidden West can be played on a jail-broken PlayStation 4. However, there is no way to access the game on a PC. Regardless, we may even end up with an unofficial PC port for the game before we hear anything about the official one; all because of this huge leak that may lead to wild consequences.

Guerrilla Games has made no official comments on the staggering leak it suffered. However, we may see a bombardment of DMCA strikes in the following hours. The title was launched only 10 months before the alpha leak came out of nowhere to haunt the sequel.

We hope the title is not harmed in any negative way because of the alpha build leaking for everyone to play. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest leaks experienced this year, and we had a massive streak of hefty leaks recently. Many older games in prominent franchises have suffered staggering leaks in the last week.

For instance, the source code of Mortal Kombat II leaked only a few days ago. Moreover, Halo 3’s alpha build also surfaced for everyone to access, which revealed an interesting change. That is not all; Doom 64 Beta ROM also became accessible to the community online.

What are your thoughts about the alpha build of Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Forbidden West leaking online for everyone to see and utilize? Do you think the surfacing of the alpha build will cause a lot of damage to the company? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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