Earlier this week, Sony revealed how the upgrade process for next year’s Horizon Forbidden West would work for those who wanted to purchase the game on PlayStation 4. In short, to upgrade to the current-gen version of Guerilla Games’ next tile, you’d have to spend more on the Digital Deluxe Edition to obtain the upgrade. This was essentially Sony walking back on what they promised last year.
However, after a few days of vocal fans and media pundits criticizing the move, Sony has walked back on the upgrade path. On Saturday, CEO Jim Ryan announced that PlayStation 4 owners would receive the PlayStation 5 upgrade for free.
Going forward, all first-party titles featuring cross-gen will cost $10 to upgrade, including the God of War sequel and Gran Turismo 7.
“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,” Ryan says.
“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.”
Horizon Forbidden West now launches on February 18, 2022.