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Horizon Forbidden West will get free PS4 to PS5 upgrade option, Sony says

That was a quick backflip.

Horizon Forbidden West free PS4 to PS5 upgrade option will be available at launch, Sony has confirmed over the weekend.

The new confirmation contradicts messaging released on Friday, in which Sony detailed paid PS4 to PS5 paths only.

“[Friday in Australia] was to be a celebration of Horizon Forbidden West and the amazing team at Guerrilla working to deliver it on February 18, 2022,” Sony’s Jim Ryan said in a post on the PlayStation Blog. “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,” Ryan continued. “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.”

While Ryan’s statement is welcome news to those looking forward to the sequel, it also brings bad news in a confirmation that future first-party titles on both PS4 and PS5 will carry a $10 USD upgrade fee.

“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,” Ryan continued. “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.”

Again, in contrast, Xbox’s Smart Delivery program means players pay a single fee for a title that works with cross-saves across Xbox One and Xbox Series S & X.

Horizon Forbidden West heads to PS4 and PS5 on 18 February 2022.


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