By collaborating with the Rijksmuseum, the national history museum of the Netherlands, art in Forbidden Horizon West is one of the best in the Netherlands. A blog post published today details the history and significance of this special collaboration. Classic art in video games itself is far from new. There’s the endless struggle around collecting art in Animal Crossing games. You can take a trip through the Louvre by Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness. There are many religious images throughout the Castlevania Games. Guerrilla took the long-standing relationship between video games and classic art to a new height.
At Guerrilla we are always happy to show our Dutch roots to our international community. So when the opportunity arose to collaborate with the @Rijksmuseumyou had to take it!
— Guerrilla (@Guerrilla) April 6, 2022
The art collection of Forbidden Horizon West is in a vault under a large mansion. This mansion belongs to one of the new characters in the game, Tilda van der Meer. His Dutch heritage is hard to miss. If not for its name, then definitely for its art collection! It includes 10 historic Dutch works of art, including the famous painting The night watch. Guerrilla recreated the paintings and statues in great detail to give the impression of the physical art gallery as it appears at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
A story about how play and art can go hand in hand
The 10-minute mini-documentary features narrative director Ben McGaw, Aloy’s voice actress Ashly Burch, Guerrilla details its collaboration with the Rijkmuseum on the Horizon Forbidden West art gallery and Denise Campbell, curatorial assistant at the Rijksmuseum. They discuss the importance of the collection for Tilda and the universe of Forbidden Horizon Westthe roots of guerrilla warfare in Dutch culture and the importance of video games and art preservation in modern times.
The collaboration between Guerrilla and the Rijksmuseum shows the connection people have with their past. Not only Tilda and her people, but also Guerrilla and his Dutch roots and us as actors of our past. After all, to paraphrase the video behind the collaboration, the art in Forbidden Horizon West also does what physical art does. It inspires us in the present by appealing to our universal emotions.
Watch the video here, but beware it contains major spoilers for part of the game.
Curious to know what else we liked about the game? So be sure to check out our 5 Ways Forbidden Horizon West improves on its predecessor!