After trying to make gamers pay for the Horizon Forbidden West update on PS5, Sony finally decided to back down.
Last Thursday, Sony formalized the pre-orders of its new blockbuster Horizon Forbidden West. Long awaited by players, the sequel toHorizon Zero Dawn scheduled for February 18, however, has made people cringe. Indeed, even though the Japanese giant had promised the free upgrade of its PS4 games to the PS5, the title of Guerilla Games will only be playable thanks to the backward compatibility of consoles. Concretely, the PS4 version of the game will be playable on PS5, but will not exploit the increased performance of the new machine from Sony … on condition of pre-ordering the deluxe edition, displayed at nearly € 90, or € 10 more than the basic version of the game.
The idea of having to spend 10 € for an upgrade to the PS5 obviously did not please the players. After the opening of pre-orders, many of them criticized the choice of Sony, to the point of bending the Japanese company. Company CEO Jim Ryan updated the PS Blog post initially announcing the release of pre-orders forHorizon Forbidden West, explaining : “It is clear that the offers that we confirmed at the launch of the pre-orders missed the mark”. In the end, the firm will therefore keep its promises: “players who buy Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free”.
An upgrade that is an exception
This good news is however an exception. To avoid future misunderstandings, Sony has detailed its new policy on the next cross-gen titles. Upgrades to the PS5 will now be billed at $ 10 (presumably € 10 in Europe). This will concern in particular the next God of War, but also Grand Turismo 7, and more generally any new game to come.