Sony caves on free Horizon sequel next-gen upgrade, but it’s the last time

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Enlarge / Sony’s new standardized cross-gen upgrade cost will be $10 for all first-party games slated to release on both PS4 and PS5. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images | PlayStation)

Sony announced last week that players will be able to upgrade any version of Horizon Forbidden West from PS4 to PS5 for free—but it’s the last first-party release that will include the option to do so.

In a September 4 post on PlayStation.Blog, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that every new first-party cross-gen release in the future would offer players a paid next-gen upgrade path option for $10. This includes the next God of War, Gran Turismo 7, and any other Sony-published games slated to appear on both systems, only exempting Forbidden West.

Now it’ll cost you

The publisher reversed course on preorder plans for its robo-dinosaur sequel announced two days earlier. It did so because it had offered no way, paid or otherwise, for players to upgrade the game’s bare-bones PS4 editions to current-gen. Instead, the convoluted pricing structure required anyone interested in owning Horizon Forbidden West on both consoles to choose from multiple high-cost deluxe editions, a move that had sparked significant backlash from fans.

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