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Sony Reverses Course: PS4 Version of Horizon Forbidden West To Include PS5 Upgrade

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Sony revealed a variety of versions of their upcoming title Horizon Forbidden West last week. There’s a lot more options than most games have. Players can choose a Digital Deluxe Version, a Special Edition, a Collector’s Edition, a Regalla Edition, or a standard version for either PS4 or PS5.

One detail stuck out to players when checking out their options though. The standard PS4 version of the game didn’t come with a PS5 upgrade. The more expensive versions did, but having to pay more for this didn’t sit right with some. A number of Sony’s titles to date had included this, games like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Others chose to charge for an upgrade, like with Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, but that upgrade came with a lot of new content and a whole new expansion. Horizon would be the same game on both platforms.

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Players letting Sony know this wasn’t acceptable seems to have worked. Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, updated players by saying,

“[I]t’s abundantly clear that the offerings we confirmed in our pre-order kickoff missed the mark.

Last year we made a commitment to deliver free upgrades for our cross-gen launch titles, which included Horizon Forbidden West. While the pandemic’s profound impact pushed Forbidden West out of the launch window we initially envisioned, we will stand by our offer: Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free.”

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This is definitely good news. With Sony’s future titles never planned for that launch window however, this will be the end of free upgrades. Still, Sony have promised a path forward for future titles. Games like Gran Turismo 7 and the next God of War will offer a $10.00 upgrade. With PS5 versions usually costing $10.00 more than PS4 versions, this basically means you can have both versions just by paying for the more expensive version. It also may mean that PS5 owners are better off buying the PS4 version of Horizon Forbidden West when it launches February 18th, 2022.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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