Last week the gaming world was a little bit surprised to see that Horizon Forbidden West wouldn’t include a free PS5 upgrade for those that buy the PS4 version. This was particularly an issue as a lot of gamers still can’t get their hands on a PS5, so might need to buy the PS4 version.
Sony has today backflipped on this decision saying that it will offer plyers a free PS5 upgrade to those that purchase the PS4 version of the game either digitally or physically.
It has confirmed that from this point onwards, all PS4 games (both digital and physical) will come with with a $10 USD ($13 AUD) upgrade fee for PS5 version of that same game. This includes games such as the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7.
Sony’s full statement is below:
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.
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.