Vanity Fair has always been a magazine that covered popular culture and fashion, and fans wouldn’t think that they would have something like gaming front and center. What’s interesting is, the cover for Vanity Fair Italy this month had the face of one of gaming’s newest icons, Aloy from Horizon Forbidden West.
Check her out:
Though Aloy has been a source of scrutiny to a lot of other gamers in the community, she is slowly getting traction as one of games’ more popular mascots, not unlike Lara Croft of the Tomb Raider franchise or Samus from Metroid.
As VF author Ofmario Manca writes (via The Gamer):
“With her freckled cheeks and her austere appearance, Aloy has managed to redeem an industry… Aloy is neither mother nor spouse, nor supporting actor or helper, but a strong and courageous woman who, in a world where gender differences no longer exist.”
For now, Horizon Forbidden West has released to critical acclaim, and a lot of praise has been going toward Guerrilla Games for improving upon elements of the original Horizon Zero Dawn. We don’t know what’s next for Aloy’s journey down the line, but fans can probably expect even more of her in the future.
The land is dying. Vicious storms and an unstoppable blight ravage the scattered remnants of humanity, while fearsome new machines prowl their borders. Life on Earth is hurtling towards another extinction, and no one knows why.
It’s up to Aloy to uncover the secrets behind these threats and restore order and balance to the world. Along the way, she must reunite with old friends, forge alliances with warring new factions and unravel the legacy of the ancient past – all the while trying to stay one step ahead of a seemingly undefeatable new enemy.
Horizon Forbidden West is now available for PlayStation 4|5.