Sony has updated its PlayStation Blog post on the pre-order listings for Horizon Forbidden West, confirming that it will now offer a free PS4 to PS5 upgrade for all versions of the game. This covers the base $60 version of the title on PS4. Going forward, Sony has also confirmed every first-party title releasing on both PS5 and PS4 will offer a $10 upgrade path. Gran Turismo 7 and God of War Ragnarok are used as examples.
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Jim Ryan 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: Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free."
Ryan then goes on to explain Sony's approach to future first-party titles releasing on both PS4 and PS5, and how upgrades will be handled: "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."