Guerrilla Games surprised fans at Sony’s State of Play on June 2 with the announcement of Horizon Forbidden West’s New Game+ mode, offering numerous new features that released that day. With a new set of trophies for Aloy to work toward, Horizon Forbidden West follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by releasing NG+ a few months after the initial launch. Both games offer players a fluid and challenging combat system that requires mastery of Aloy’s hunting prowess to successfully traverse the Earth a thousand years in the future where animalistic Machines dominate the landscape.
While players will be able to carry over all their gear, skills, and stats accumulated through their first playthrough, NG+ offers hunters Ultra Hard Mode to increase the danger they will face in the wilds. With this comes the addition of new legendary gear, dyes, and face paints, offering a challenging and immersive experience for those who dare to accept the call. Released in patch 1.14, the update includes graphical enhancements in Performance mode, transmog options for outfits, the ability to reset Aloy’s skills, several trophies tied mostly to NG+ playthroughs, and a host of other improvements to quests, datapoints, and activities.
Included in Horizon Forbidden West’s NG+ mode is a currency called Champion Tokens that is rewarded to players as they complete Main Quests, Side Quests, Errands, Tallnecks, Rebel Camps, and other activities. While the number of Tokens varies across different tasks, the amount matches total skill points allotted to that activity on a regular playthrough. Players can still accumulate skill points in NG+, but once the cap is reached, they instead earn “Ghost Levels” that build through XP and allow hunters to track their progress further. The Champion Tokens are used to purchase new legendary weapons, dyes, and face paints.
Champion Tokens are relegated to NG+ only, and there are over 100 Tokens to collect, with eight legendary weapons costing 10 a piece, as well as five face paints and four dyes that cost five each. While the Tokens are rewarded for Main Quest missions, they are not rewarded for the tutorial missions “Reach for the Stars” and “Interlude: The Point of the Lance.” When players start their NG+ run, they are presented with the option to skip tutorial missions altogether, beginning with Aloy leaving Meridian and heading to Chainscrape.