Sony will offer free PS5 upgrades for all owners of Horizon: Forbidden West after all
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On Thursday Sony announced a convoluted and unpopular system for PlayStation 4 owners from the upcoming Horizon: Forbidden West to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version of the game. Sony was only going to allow this if you bought the Digital Deluxe Edition at 80. $ or even more expensive collector’s editions. If you bought the base PS4 version for $ 60, you won’t be able to upgrade.
In an update of PlayStation Blog Post today, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan went back, promising a free upgrade for everyone instead. He also noted that future intergenerational first-generation PlayStation exclusives, including God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7, will offer digital upgrade options of $ 10. He wrote:
Thursday was supposed to be a celebration of Horizon: Forbidden West and the incredible Guerrilla team working to deliver it on February 18, 2022. However, it is quite clear that the offers we confirmed during our pre-order launch have missed the mark.
Last year, we made a commitment to provide free upgrades for our intergenerational launch titles, including Horizon Forbidden West. While the profound impact of the pandemic has pushed Forbidden West out of the launch window we initially envisioned, we will maintain our offer: Players who buy 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 in the future PlayStation’s exclusive cross-gen exclusive titles (newly released on PS4 and PS5) – both digital and physical – will offer a digital upgrade option of 10 USD from PS4 to PS5. This will apply to the upcoming God of War and Gran Turismo 7, and any other PS4 and PS5 cross-gen exclusive titles released by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
It appears Sony originally planned to offer free intergenerational upgrades only for “launch titles,” which it likely defined as games released in the console’s first year. Sony must have initially thought the deal no longer mattered to Horizon after postponing it until 2022.
This, as you might expect, shocked many PlayStation owners. Microsoft offered easy multigenerational support through its smart delivery system, and Sony looked relatively greedy with its initial plans for Horizon: Forbidden West.
However, many players quickly forgive mistakes like this. Earlier this year, Microsoft was planning to increase the price of Xbox Live Gold. After a similar outcry, Microsoft turned the tide and turned a mistake into a PR victory. Sony could do the same here.
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