Horizon Forbidden West cosplayer readies her bow as sniper Aloy

Horizon Forbidden West finally lets us dive back into neodystopian fighting as fan-favorite heroine Aloy, and one cosplayer has perfectly recreated her to celebrate the sequel.

Horizon’s female lead and machine hunter extraordinaire, Aloy, has carved herself into gaming history as one of Sony’s most iconic characters, and coming to Horizon Forbidden West will get to know her even better.

Cosplayers have already been rushing to celebrate the sequel’s release, transforming into our heroine to take down The Blight in style.

Joining the post-apocalyptic fray is Australian cosplayer Soylent Cosplay, whose re-creation of Aloy will leave you absolutely speechless.

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Aloy has become one of the most recognizable faces in the gaming sphere.

Horizon Forbidden West Aloy cosplay kills the machines

Telling Dexerto that he “absolutely loved Horizon Zero Dawn”, he confesses that “the story, the characters and the setting were so deep and fascinating and the aesthetic of the world really hooked me. I knew I wanted to dress up as him because all the outfits look fantastic and as a fun challenge.”

Aloy was a no-brainer for the Australian artist, as she “instantly loved her as a character. I also love redheads, so that was also a point of attraction. Her design is so real and gritty, while also keeping elements of femininity and softness about her, and I really resonate with those kinds of characters.”

However, tempering the jacket was not easy, as while the outfit “doesn’t have a lot of makeup work, which is what I’m used to, there were a lot of problems to solve using a new material. The wig was especially challenging because of the amount of volume Aloy has in her hair and her unique color. It wasn’t my most difficult costume, but there was definitely a learning curve. ”

Despite this, Soylent wears this Aloy cosplay like a second skin. Her fiery red hair cascades in braids over her shoulders, and her worn tan outfit is adorned with cyan and ruby. Sporting the character’s aqua tie and traditional hunting boots, all eyes are drawn to that bow. Masterfully crafted and adorned with feathers, each and every detail is absolutely perfect.

“I decided to give myself a challenge and try to make the costume with the original materials in mind,” he recalls. “So the costume is made from real second-hand leather that I dyed and colored with leather paints. All of the bags are fully functional, making this one of my most functional cosplays to date.

“The bow was a team effort between myself, Sunday Cosplay, who 3D printed it, and my partner, who helped me assemble and paint it. I was so excited when we were able to make it actually have a bow action! It is one of my favorite accessories!”

While he has yet to secure a PlayStation 5, nothing is stopping Soylent from diving into Forbidden West.

“I’m desperately trying to get a PS5 to play it, but I think I’ll have to go the extra mile and just pay for it on PS4, which I’ve heard is still just as beautiful. I can’t wait to jump back into the world! ”

However, whichever console you play on, we know you’ll fall in love all over again with the amazing Guerrilla Games universe, and who knows, maybe it’ll inspire you to create Aloy’s new outfit! We’ll have to wait and see.