Forbidden Horizon West is just on the horizon. In the highly anticipated sequel, Aloy must save the planet from a rogue terraforming system, which has created devastated environments, threatening humanity with starvation. In an initiative in line with the game’s themes, Sony has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree each time the “Reached the Daunt” trophy is unlocked. The “Play and Plant” program will end on March 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST, or when the maximum donation is reached (approximately 288,000 trees).
This move matches both Aloy’s biggest mission and some of the game’s side quests, which have her helping restore lands in the Forbidden West. The themes of the game touch strongly on the subject of climate degradation and the balance of ecosystems. “Reached the Daunt” is a very attainable trophy – the Daunt is the first large post-tutorial region of Forbidden Horizon Westand most players will likely get there within the first two hours of the game, meaning plenty of players have the opportunity to do some tangible good for the Earth.
Reforestation efforts will take place in three locations. The forest in Douglas County, Wisconsin is 278,000 acres and is in dire need of evergreens. Deforestation has destabilized the ecosystem’s blue-winged warblers and Blanding’s turtles, as well as the forest’s watershed protection capabilities. California’s 30,000 acres of Sheep Fire Private Lands suffered burns – reforestation will help support gray wolves. Finally, Torreya State Park in Florida spans 13,000 acres and suffers from a declining longleaf pine population. Species like gopher tortoises and red cockade woodpeckers would be supported by reforestation.
Forbidden Horizon West will be released on February 18 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.