After much backlash from the gaming community, Sony has now confirmed it will offer a free upgrade path for Horizon Forbidden West from the PS4 to the PS5. Sony had initially said this will not be possible for the PlayStation first-party title which is set to be released on February 18th, 2022.
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Jim Ryan released a statement addressing this; he wrote:
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.
As expected, PS4 Players who purchase the physical copy of the game will need the disc-based PS5 to proceed with this upgrade.
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