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Update regarding Horizon Forbidden West (PS4 versions now have entitlement to free PS5 upgrade, other games will have $10 upgrade fee)

kyoji

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UPDATE: Pre-order Horizon Forbidden West now: Collector’s and Digital Deluxe Editions detailed​

Bo de VriesCommunity Lead, Guerrilla
2 mins ago

All pre-order details for this awe-inspiring continuation of Aloy’s journey, coming February 18 2022.​

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.
— Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment

*To upgrade an eligible PS4 game on disc to the digital PS5 version, you will need a PS5 console with a disc drive. PS4 game discs can’t be used with the PlayStation®5 Digital Edition.

Horizon Forbidden West is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles on February 18, 2022! We were ecstatic to finally be able to share the release date with you last week during Gamescom’s Opening Night Live, and to see everyone’s reactions to our news.
Pre-orders for the game are available now across the globe, so we wanted to share more details about the various editions that you can get your hands on.
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Horizon Forbidden West continues six months after the events of Horizon Zero Dawn. Aloy, a machine hunter, has travelled west to investigate a mysterious and deadly blight. In these uncharted lands, she will meet strange new tribes and encounter ever more deadly machines. Together with old friends and new companions, she must brave this new frontier to find the answers she needs to save life on Earth.
Now, let’s take a look at the pre-order options you have available for Horizon Forbidden West. By the way, if you pre-order any physical edition from participating retailers (region specific*) or any digital edition anywhere, you will receive the Nora Legacy Outfit and Spear to use in the game. You will be able to redeem these items via PlayStation Store.

The cross-gen Digital Deluxe Edition is exclusively available on PlayStation Store, in addition to Horizon Forbidden West, you’ll receive the following content:
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Digital) PS4 and PS5 versions
  • 2 Special Outfits (Carja Behemoth Elite and Nora Thunder Elite)
  • 2 Special Weapons (Carja Behemoth Short Bow and Nora Thunder Sling)
  • In-game Resources Pack including ammunition, potions, and travel packs
  • In-game Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike Piece (more on Strike in the FAQ)
  • Exclusive Photo Mode pose and face paint
  • Digital Art Book
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Version of The Sunhawk, the first Horizon Zero Dawn graphic novel

Next up is the Special Edition, a gorgeous SteelBook with a physical disc copy for either PS4 or PS5, which also features the digital soundtrack (via voucher), as well as a mini art book.
You can pre-order the Special Edition here. Please note this Edition is available in limited quantities.

Meet the Collector’s Edition! Packed to the brim with special goodies, this one is a real must-have. Aside from a digital copy of the game (entitling you to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions), you’ll find the following:
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Digital) PS4 and PS5 versions
  • Horizon Forbidden West SteelBook Display Case
    • Download code for the game will be supplied via voucher in the box.
  • A custom sculpted Tremortusk and Aloy statue
    • Statues will require some assembly; detailed instructions will be provided with the box!
  • Mini Art Book
  • 2 Special Outfits (Carja Behemoth Elite and Nora Thunder Elite)
  • 2 Special Weapons (Carja Behemoth Short Bow and Nora Thunder Sling)
  • In-game Resources Pack including ammunition, potions, and travel packs
  • In-game Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike Piece
  • Exclusive Photo Mode pose and face paint
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Version of The Sunhawk, the first Horizon Zero Dawn graphic novel
You can pre-order the Collector’s Edition here*. Please note this Edition is available in limited quantities.

Last but by no means least, we have the Regalla Edition! A more menacing take on the Collector’s Edition, this contains the following items:
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Digital) PS4 and PS5 versions
  • Horizon Forbidden West SteelBook Display Case
    • Download code for the game will be supplied via voucher in the box.
  • A Regalla-themed, custom sculpted Tremortusk and Aloy statue
    • Statues will require some assembly; detailed instructions will be provided with the box!
  • Replica Focus and custom stand
  • 2 Art Print Cards
  • Replica Sunwing and Clawstrider Machine Physical Strike Pieces
  • Mini Art Book
  • Canvas Map
  • 2 Special Outfits (Carja Behemoth Elite and Nora Thunder Elite)
  • 2 Special Weapons (Carja Behemoth Short Bow and Nora Thunder Sling)
  • In-game Resources Pack including ammunition, potions, and travel packs
  • In-game Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike Piece
  • Exclusive Photo Mode poses and face paints
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Version of The Sunhawk, the first Horizon Zero Dawn graphic novel
You can pre-order the Regalla Edition here*.Please note this Edition is available in limited quantities.
If you start playing Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 then later wish to continue your progress on PS5, your PS4 save games will be transferable to PS5.
Please note:
For players looking to have access to both the PS4 & PS5 versions of Horizon Forbidden West, please purchase the Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla Editions. Dual entitlement does not apply to the standard and Special Editions.
For any additional questions you may have about pre-ordering the game, please check out this FAQ here!
Once again, from all of us at Guerrilla, thank you for all of your support and enthusiasm! You can expect more regular updates about Horizon Forbidden West in the coming months.
Stay safe, and get ready to explore the Forbidden West…
*Specific regions exclude North America and Canada.
**Please note that for all digital downloads, you need an internet connection and a PSN account to access the content.
***Depending on your region, it may take some time for physical editions to appear. Please check with your chosen local retailer for listings and availability.
 
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"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."


- Jim Ryan


So..
- Horizon gets free upgrade from PS4 to PS5
- God of War 2 & GT7 will be $10 upgrade
- God of War 2 & GT7 are cross gen confirmed (again)
- Any other cross gen games will also be $10 upgrade
 
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Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free."
For players looking to have access to both the PS4 & PS5 versions of Horizon Forbidden West, please purchase the Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla Editions. Dual entitlement does not apply to the standard and Special Editions.
I'm confused... Is it free or not?
 
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I guess Sony’s legal department told Jim Ryan there’d be a class action lawsuit coming if he didn’t give in.
They wouldn't really say that unless they were a load of drunk people who had just broken into their legal department and had banged their heads quite badly on the way in.
 
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elliot5

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Where are those clowns who claimed.....''Is iT rElEaSe TiTle ?'' to justify sony's greediness .
I mean that WAS their stance obviously before the backlash and back pedaling. It wasn't a release title so they weren't adhering to the policy. Still greedy and this is a good move but shouldn't have been a problem to begin with
 
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Good on them giving horizon for free as promised. But future titles still have a $10 tax, seriously? Why?

There is NO tax for "next gen" on PC or Xbox games studios.
they're obviously set on $70 for next-gen, honestly I don't think there would have been nearly as much backlash over Horizon if the had the $10 upgrade from the start but it's good they've gone & made the upgrade free instead

instead they tried to pull what EA & 2K have started with only the more expensive deluxe editions including both versions
 

kyoji

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Good on them giving horizon for free as promised. But future titles still have a $10 tax, seriously? Why?

There is NO tax for "next gen" on PC or Xbox games studios.
They dont owe you anything and you dont have to buy anything, 10 bucks for a proper upgrade is more than fair, sonys cross gen titles look proper this isnt like halo infinite reveal where the game looks clearly last gen, also two different business models.
 

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Amazing they did not foresee the backlash. At least they did the right thing now.
I am "ok" with PS5 version being $10 more because they announced their PS5 games would cost that. That said, I am still to buy a PS5 game not on sale.
 

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They didn't want the release to be tainted. It is sort of the first major triple AAA release of the PS5 era and they want it to go well
 

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$70 price is still unjustified in my opinion but good on them for making it right. I really only expected them to simply make a $10 upgrade path. Them giving it away for free is a nice bonus.
 

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Good on them giving horizon for free as promised. But future titles still have a $10 tax, seriously? Why?

There is NO tax for "next gen" on PC or Xbox games studios.
That's because xbox next gen titles don't have as many upgradable components.

In the example, Horizon, they literally have more foliage, and more coral and underwater is more detailed - i expect God of War will be like that too, not sure what GT will bring in that regard tho.

its not just and FPS or res boost like most Xbox games.

That's also why they are making all their new games (xbox) exclusive to next gen so they can avoid what sony is doing. It's easy to do when you have half the user base Sony has on last gen consoles.
 
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Wow. Talk about a 180.

It should had been free from the get go as per Sony's statement last year. Let's face it they tried to sneak it in hoping nobody would notice a Sony blog from a year ago.

A few things:

- Just buy the PS4 edition and save $10. Upgrade is claimed to be free now. If you are a day one gamer, I'd lock in a preorder now for $60 because they might just jack up the PS4 game to $70 so it's the same thing

- As a reminder, God of War confirmed cross gen
 
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They did the right thing, good on them for admitting the mistake. Looks like this will be the last crossgen game that’s given a free upgrade PS4-to-PS5.

No real reason not to get the PS4 version now.
 
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