Horizon Forbidden West creates controversy for not giving free PS5 upgrade | Games

As promised by Sony last year, PS5 owners were hoping that Forbidden West horizon had free upgrade to the new generation right at launch. However, that is not what happened. The game’s pre-sale began last Thursday (2), with three different editions: one for PS4, another more expensive for PS5 and the third with an even higher price that includes versions for both consoles.


Horizon Forbidden West (Image: Publicity/Sony)

Since the PS5 was announced, Sony had already established that PS4 releases would continue to cost R$300, and new-gen exclusive games would cost R$350. That’s what happened with the remake of Demon’s Souls, return and Ratchet & Clank: In Another Dimension, for example.

However, games that have arrived at the same time in both generations usually have some form of upgrade to the PS5, be it free — as in Spider-Man: Miles Morales — or paying only the difference in price between versions. In case of Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Version, those who already have the game purchased for PS4 can upgrade to PS5 for R$ 104.90.

Already in Forbidden West horizon, if the player wants both the PS4 and PS5 versions, he is obliged to buy the “Deluxe” version of the game, which costs R$ 400, since there is no way to upgrade between generations. Meanwhile, the exclusive edition for PS4 costs R$300 and the PS5 one costs R$350.


Horizon Forbidden West Pre-Order Pricing on PS Store (Image: Playback/PlayStation Store)

Sony promised free upgrade to Forbidden West horizon

PlayStation fans were no longer happy with the appearance of paid upgrades, as in Ghost of Tsushima, but the situation only got worse with the system used in Forbidden West horizon. Another aggravating factor was that Sony itself promised, in a post published on the PlayStation Blog in September last year, that the new chapter of the series starring Aloy would, yes, have a free update.

“Also, we know the PS4 community will migrate to PS5 at different times, and we’re happy to announce the PS4 versions of our exclusives. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Slackboy A Great Adventure and Horizon Forbidden West will also be released for PS4. Although these games have been created to take advantage of the PS5’s unique next-gen qualities, such as ultra-fast SSD loading and DualSense controller, PS4 gamers will be able to enjoy these experiences since their release. Digital versions of games released for PS4 will include a free update for PS5 consoles, while disc versions of these games will include an update for PS5 with the Blu-ray Ultra HD player“.

Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in a PlayStation Blog post.

Some Brazilian Twitter users even thought the message could have been mistranslated from the original text, but even in the English post the same promise is made.

Including, in an interview with The Washington Post, also in September 2020, CEO Jim Ryan reinforced the information that the upgrades so much of Spider-Man: Miles Morales how much of Horizon: Forbidden West would be free.

“No one should be disappointed. The PS5 version of these games[[[[Forbidden West horizon and Spider-Man: Miles Morales]are created from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5’s feature set, and we are moving towards updating them so that PS4 users can get the PS5 versions for free. It’s about people having a choice. I am very satisfied with the situation”.

Jim Ryan, in an interview with The Washington Post.

In summary, if, today, you have a PS4 and you want to play Forbidden West horizon, but intends to buy a PS5 in the future, you need to purchase the R$ 400 deluxe edition to have both versions of the game. It will even be possible to use the PS4 edition for backwards compatibility, but it won’t have the new-gen features such as fast loading via SSD and DualSense support, as well as optimized resolution and performance.

Sony’s decision has angered fans on social media

On social media, Sony’s decision has outraged the community, and rightly so. As much as there are already paid upgrades, the case of Forbidden West horizon it’s more delicate, as the company has clearly promised to release the update for free to players.

So far, Sony hasn’t explained why the free upgrade was removed from Forbidden West horizon, nor is it intended to offer the update separately in the future.

With information: Forbes, The Washton Post, PlayStation Blog, PlayStation Blog Brasil.

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