Preserving art through Tilda’s Vault in Horizon Forbidden West

Preserving art through Tilda’s Vault in Horizon Forbidden West
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While the stunning landscapes of the Forbidden West may represent a post-post-apocalyptic North America, the world of Horizon is designed in a studio in the heart of Amsterdam. At Guerrilla, we are always happy to show our Dutch roots to our international community. So when the opportunity to collaborate with the Rijksmuseum presented itself, we had to take it.

The Rijksmuseum is the national art and history museum of the Netherlands. Its collection features the renowned works of Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. In collaboration with museum experts, some of these works of art were chosen to be featured during a pivotal moment in the history of Horizon Forbidden West.

The result is an intimate experience that not only speaks to the importance of preserving cultural artifacts, but also demonstrates how art helps us process emotions and connect with one another.


Spoiler alert: This section includes some top-tier Horizon Forbidden West story spoilers.


“Don’t be too quick to dismiss the comfort we can find in art. Or the insight we might get. These are the words of Tilda van der Meer, a major new character in Horizon Forbidden West. She was always destined to be an immortal space traveler who returns to Earth after a thousand-year absence. However, after meeting with the Rijksmuseum in 2019, the Guerrilla narrative team reimagined the character as a Dutch technologist, authentication expert, and art collector who fights to preserve items in the museum’s collection from the ravages of time. .

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When the Rijksmuseum saw Tilda’s new biography, Curatorial Assistant Denise Campbell and her team were inspired to select ten perfect pieces for the collection featured in the game, each resonating with Tilda’s personality.

Guerrilla then worked to create an in-game space to display these works, preserved for a millennium: the vault inside Tilda’s mansion. When Aloy first walks in, she is mesmerized by the grand works that feature prominently on the high concrete walls and plinths. In this atmospheric area, Aloy, and the player, can stay as long as they like and discuss the pieces with Tilda through Aloy’s Focus. Ultimately, this provides a connection between the two characters, beautifully played by Ashly Burch and Carrie-Anne Moss, which manifests itself through their mutual admiration and interpretation of Tilda’s collection.

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The Rijksmuseum has been a phenomenal collaborator over the years, from curating the selection to now. Fans of Horizon Forbidden West and art admirers are cordially invited to take the Aloy Tour at any time and get an up-close look at the magnificent collection on display in the halls of the historical museum. The ten selected works are:

  • The Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642
  • Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1663
  • Titus in a monk’s habit, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660
  • Jeremiah lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630
  • Woman reading music, Han van Meegeren, 1935 – 1940
  • Selene and Endymion, Gerard de Lairesse, ca. 1680
  • A Ship at Sea Caught in a Storm, Known as ‘The Gust’, Willem van de Velde (II), ca. 1680
  • Lidded Jar for the Amsterdam Goldsmiths Guild, Adam van Vianen (I), 1614
  • Frenzy, Artus Quellinus (I) (attributed to), na 1648 – en of voor 1662
  • Bacchante, Adriaen de Vries, 1626

If you’d like to learn more about how we created Tilda’s Vault and selected which significant pieces of art went into the game, check out the video below:


Preserving art through Tilda's Vault in Horizon Forbidden West

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