Last week, the gaming world was a little surprised to see that Horizon Forbidden West won’t include a free PS5 upgrade for those who buy the PS4 version. This was a particular problem because a lot of gamers still couldn’t get the PS5, so they might need to purchase the PS4 version.
Sony today reversed that decision, saying it would offer a free PS5 upgrade to those who purchase the PS4 version of the game either digitally or physically.
I’ve confirmed that from this point onwards, all PS4 games (both digital and physical) will come with a $10 (AU$13) upgrade fee for the PS5 version of the same game. This includes games like the following God of War and Gran Turismo 7.
Sony’s full statement is below:
Thursday was the celebration of Horizon Forbidden West and the amazing team at Guerrilla working to deliver on February 18, 2022. However, it’s quite clear that the performances we confirmed in our pre-order kick-off have missed their target.
Last year, we committed to offering free upgrades to our multi-generational launch titles, which included Horizon Forbidden West. While the profound impact of the pandemic has pushed Forbidden West out of the launch window we initially envisioned, we’ll stick to our offer: Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free.
I’d also like to confirm today that going forward, PlayStation-exclusive first-party crossover titles (recently released on PS4 and PS5) – both digital and physical* – will offer a $10 digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5. This will apply to the next two versions of God of War, Gran Turismo 7, and any other PS4 and PS5 exclusive title published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.