Growing up is a normal part of life. Except for certain Horizon Zero Dawn players on PC who remained stuck as young Aloy after their games crashed in the middle of a cutscene.
This Peter Pan bug, while seemingly rare, nevertheless did halt some players’ progress. In one post that blew up on the game’s subreddit earlier this month, user ashrashrashr shared footage of them running around as young Aloy long after she should have grown up. Horizon Zero Dawn’s beginning tracks Aloy from birth to adulthood, with a small section where players explore a cave while the heroine is still a child. According to Aschrashrashr and others, their games crashed during the subsequent cutscene that time jumps to older Aloy, and when they restarted they were still the younger version.
Even dying in the game couldn’t lift the curse. Fortunately, some developers could.