Musician behind Horizon Forbidden West‘s Burning shores The DLC gets hate mail because of a key moment at the end of the story campaign. Julie Elven has lent her vocals to several video game soundtracks over the years, including those League of Legends, Hearthstoneand 2016 World of Warcraft: Legion expansion. She also worked on both Horizon games together with composer Joris de Man and even performed the trailer of last year’s song Horizon Forbidden West during The Game Awards 2021.


Naturally, Julie Elven came back for it Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores, in which protagonist Aloy traveled to the post-apocalyptic ruins of Los Angeles to track down a villain from Far Zenith. Along the way, she meets Seika, a young warrior of the Quen tribe, who is looking for her missing sister. While initially at loggerheads, Aloy and Seika form a bond over the course of their journey that eventually turns romantic. At the very end main Burning shores campaignSeika confesses her feelings to Aloy, and players can choose to have Aloy reciprocate with a kiss.

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So far, a lot Horizon Forbidden West players appreciated Aloy and Seika’s kiss as a positive moment of LGBTQ+ representation in games, others reacted hostilely – up to review of the bombing Burning shores on sites like Metacritic. Unfortunately, Julie Elven isn’t immune to this backlash, noting on Twitter that she’s been receiving angry messages since the DLC launched in April. However, Elven stands by her work and says she’s proud to have worked on the music that played during Aloha and Seika’s kiss with a simple message: “love is love”.

Julie Elven also noted that she received a positive report as a result Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores negativity prevails, and no doubt the recent bombardment of review has done little to prevent it Horizon Forbidden Westsuccess. About a week ago, Guerrilla Games announced that Horizon The franchise has sold 32.7 million copies since the first game was released in 2017, with a third game announced shortly after Burning shores launched on PS5.

Unfortunately, many talented people for Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores The DLC was met with a wave of hate and hostility An optional gay novel of Aloy and Seika – including vocalist Julie Elven. While significant progress has been made when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation in gaming, the angry backlash from some has been Horizon Forbidden WestThe DLC campaign is a sad reminder that there is still a long way to go.

Horizon Forbidden West is now available for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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