Horizon Forbidden West, arguably the biggest release of the nascent Playstation 5 era has leaked online.
On Monday, January 10, 2022, images of the purported PlayStation 4 version began circulating on social media. Only hours later, the images were pulled from Twitter following a request from “the copyright holder,” which only adds to the veracity of the images.
Horizon Forbidden West officially launches February 18, 2022.
That did not take long. Sony has decided to offer a free Horizon Forbidden West upgrade from PS4 to PS5. A complete 360 after their misguided announcement on Thursday, September 2 that they planned to nickel and dime their fans for all that they’re worth.
Sony corporate pud, Jim Ryan announced the U-Turn on the official PlayStation Blog.
“Thursday was to be a celebration of Horizon Forbidden West and the amazing team at Guerrilla working to deliver it on February 18, 2022. However, it’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.
I also want to confirm today that moving forward, PlayStation first-party exclusive cross-gen titles (newly releasing on PS4 & PS5)–both digital and physical*–will offer a $10 USD digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5. This will apply to the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, and any other exclusive cross-gen PS4 & PS5 title published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.“
Mr. Ryan then went back into his office to brainstorm additional ways to alienate his most passionate fans.
It shouldn’t take a weekend shit-storm to realize how incredibly misguided and confusing their initial plan of strong arming PS4 gamers of to purchase the $79.99 Digital Deluxe edition, $199.99 Collector’s edition, or the $259.99 Regalla edition to get access to both the PS4 and PS5 versions of Forbidden West.
Horizon: Forbidden West releases February 18, 2022.
Sony has announced that the delayed Horizon: Forbidden West will launch with distinctive PS4 and PS5 versions.
What does that mean exactly? Long story short, if you have a PS5, you can play the cheaper PS4 version, but it will lack the visual punch and performance from the more powerful PS5 hardware.
According to the game’s FAQ page, under the question “Can I upgrade my Horizon Forbidden West PS4 version to the PS5 version?” the response:
“To access both the PS4 and PS5 versions of Horizon Forbidden West, you need to purchase the Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla Editions. Dual entitlement does not apply to the Standard and Special Editions.“
Of course, the Digital Deluxe Edition comes at a premium price.
Unlike the recently released Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, Sony offered a less expensive paid upgrade, but this is not in the cards for Horizon: Forbidden West, for now.
Perhaps Sony’s plan is to utilize the hotly anticipated title to get people to upgrade to the new hotness? I can’t fault them for that, but PS5s are still hard to find. What about folks who can’t find a PS5, but are looking and want to play Horizon: Forbidden West now? Those folks are going to have to buy the Deluxe Version apparently. Personally, a paid upgrade would be more fair during this point and time.
I’m getting the game regardless on PS5, because I’m a baller, but this is a lame ass move by Sony. This feels like scummy corporate shit that is anti consumer.
It is no secret that I like how Microsoft has been approaching things since Phil Spencer has taken over. In particular, Smart Delivery, that ensures the costumer gets the best version of the game regardless of generation is tremendous. Sony really needs to replicate Smart Delivery, because as of right now, their entire approach to cross generational games sucks and is confusing.
Whatever the case may be, Horizon: Forbidden West launches February 18, 2022.