Horizon Forbidden West PS4 owners can upgrade to the PS5 version for free

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What you need to know

  • Horizon Forbidden West is the next big game from Guerrilla Games and PlayStation Studios.
  • When preorders for the game were announced, players were told there was no free upgrade from the PS4 to PS5 versions.
  • This was despite a free upgrade being promised when a PS4 version of Horizon Forbidden West was first announced.
  • Sony has reversed the decision, promising PS4 players a free upgrade to the PS5 version.

Horizon Forbidden West owners on PS4 will be given a free upgrade to the PS5 version at no extra cost, per Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan via PlayStation Blog.

"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," Ryan writes.

Ryan also notes that moving forward, other cross-generation titles from the PlayStation Studios brand, including the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, will not have free upgrades. There will instead be a $10 upgrade path available for PS4 owners.

Horizon Forbidden West is currently scheduled to launch on Feb. 18, 2022. Preorders for Horizon Forbidden West are currently open. There's multiple different editions of Horizon Forbidden West available, including a Collector's Edition and the uber-collector's item, the Regalla Edition.

Sony will be sharing more on the next big PS5 games soon, with an upcoming PlayStation Showcase on Sep. 9, with both third-party titles and big games from Sony Worldwide Studios being present.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on PlayStation on Android Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert