On Thursday, Sony introduced that its Horizon Forbidden West sport, sequel to Horizon Zero Daybreak, could be available for pre-order forward of its February 2022 launch date. However opposite to what Sony mentioned final yr (h/t Forbes), there’s no improve path for the sport from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5.
In a September 2020 weblog publish, Sony mentioned Horizon Forbidden West could be among the many video games to have a free improve from PS4 variations to the PS5 model:
“Moreover, we all know that the PS4 group will transition to PS5 at totally different instances, and we’re completely satisfied to announce PS4 variations of a few of our exclusives. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Large Journey, and Horizon Forbidden West will even launch on PS4. Whereas these three video games have been designed to make the most of PS5 and its distinctive next-gen options just like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 homeowners will even be capable of take pleasure in these experiences once they launch. The PS4 digital variations of launch video games embrace a free improve on each PS5 consoles, whereas the PS4 disc variations of those video games embrace a free improve on the PS5 with Extremely HD Blu-Ray disc drive.”
And as Polygon points out, Jim Ryan, chief government of Sony Interactive Leisure, advised the Washington Post’s Launcher part final yr that video games for PS5 could be “constructed from the bottom up.” and that for video games like Horizon Forbidden West and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the corporate had “an improve path for PS4 customers to get the PS5 variations without spending a dime.”
Ryan advised the Submit that “nobody ought to be disillusioned,” including that “It’s about folks having alternative.”
However what Sony introduced this week was… not that. Players who wish to begin taking part in Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 must purchase the costlier variations of the sport that provide digital copies for each consoles: these packages are priced at $79.99 for the Digital Deluxe version, $199.99 for the Collector’s version, and $259.99 for the Regalla version. In any other case, you may get the PS4 normal version for $59.99 and purchase a completely new PS5 copy of the sport later at its full value of $69.99. There are not any plans for an improve sooner or later, according to the support page for Horizon Forbidden West.
We’ve reached out to Sony for remark to attempt to make clear why the corporate has apparently modified its beforehand said plans for a free improve from PS4 to PS5 variations of Horizon Forbidden West, and can replace if we hear again.