It’s been a few months since Sony first unveiled the sequel to the sandbox game Horizon Zero Dawn called Horizon Forbidden West. Then the game was presented as a PlayStation 5 game.
Now it turns out that the upcoming game – along with Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy A Big Adventure – is also coming to PlayStation 4.
– We know that PlayStation 4 players will switch to PlayStation 5 at different times, and we are pleased to announce PlayStation 4 versions of some of our exclusive games. […] Although these three games were designed to take advantage of features such as the very fast SSD storage and the DualSense controller, PlayStation 4 owners will also only enjoy these experiences at launch, Sony writes in a blog posts.
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That the PlayStation 5 games also get versions on PlayStation 4 is a bit surprising, but in line with Microsoft’s strategy on the Xbox. They also plan to release games for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S for a while to come.
However, Sony also mentions that anyone who buys the PlayStation 4 versions of these three games will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 versions without paying for it. However, they emphasize that there is a difference between those who own the game on disk and digital: the disk version can only be upgraded on a PlayStation 5 with a disk drive, while the digital version can be upgraded on both.
In Horizon Forbidden West, the protagonist Aloy will move west in a post-apocalyptic USA, in the time after the first game. Area extends from the US state of Utah to the Pacific coast, and overall the area is slightly larger than in its predecessor. New fauna and flora are in place, with special focus on diving in rivers and lakes.