Finally, a promise was kept.

Sony Reverses Decision On No Horizon Forbidden West PS5 Upgrades

Horizon Forbidden West now offers a free upgrade as Sony makes a U-turn following fan backlash and promises an upgrade path going forward.

Last week the pre-orders went live for the highly anticipated Horizon Zero Dawn sequel. However, it was also revealed that Horizon Forbidden West would have no upgrade path.

The likes of Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut and the upcoming Death Stranding: Director’s Cut offered an upgrade path. Better still, PS4 and PS5 exclusives such as Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales offered a free upgrade.

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Free upgrades were promised

So, when it was revealed that the sequel wouldn’t have a free upgrade or even an upgrade path, fans weren’t happy. And rightly so, because in a PlayStation Blog post back in September 2020, Sony said:

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West will also launch on PS4. While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch.

The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.


Sony went back on its word

Despite what Sony had said last year, the only way to get a PS4 to PS5 upgrade which was dubbed “Dual Entitlement”, would be by picking up either the Horizon Forbidden West Digital Deluxe, the Collector’s Edition or Regalla Edition. The standard or special edition did not include the free upgrade.

However, Sony has now gone back to its word, and all versions of Horizon Forbidden West will have free upgrades. Going forward, all PlayStation exclusives (including the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7) will have an upgrade path. Granted, it’s not a free upgrade, but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a stick, I suppose.

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Credit: Sony/Guerrilla Games

Sony eventually keeps its promise

In an updated PlayStation Blog post, Sony said: “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,” continued the post.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.

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There you have it, at least Horizon Forbidden West will now have a free upgrade. Though it’s fair to say that all this commotion could have been avoided if the initial promise was kept.


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