Earlier this week, Sony revealed the pre-order details for Horizon Forbidden West, including information that you can choose from nine different versions of the game. Only the more expensive versions of the game will have both the PS4 and PS5 variants included. Sony did not include a free or a paid next-gen update to any of the game versions. This was quite confusing, as in the past Sony promised free next-gen upgrades to their upcoming titles.
Fortunately, after a lot of backlash from the fans, Sony has decided to add a free next-gen upgrade with the upcoming Horizon title. However, that won’t be how things work moving forward; it was confirmed that there will no longer be any free upgrades offered. Instead, you’ll have to pay $10 to upgrade digital copies of a PS exclusive title.
Yesterday, Jim Ryan – President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment – explained how the company had “missed the mark” with handling the rollout of pre-orders for Forbidden West. Everyone who buys the upcoming Horizon sequel on PS4 will receive the PS5 version for free.
It seems that Sony was not interested in offering free upgrades; Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut only had a paid next-gen update. However, this concerns only cross-gen first-party games, like the new God of War or Uncharted. Publishers of third-party titles (Call of Duty, GTA, etc.) will have a choice whether to offer a free upgrade or not.