Update: There are no plans for Sony to offer an upgrade from the standard version of Horizon Forbidden West to Digital Deluxe Edition. This means that when you buy the Standard of Special Editions of the game on PS4 and want to get the PS5 version at a later date, you will have to buy the game again.
We’ve checked in with the manufacturer to see if any discounted upgrade options are planned, and will update when we get back.
Original article: The obscene nickel-and-dimming from PlayStation continues, after last month̵
We went back to the platform’s PS Blog post from last year, where it announced the PS4 versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Horizon Forbidden West. Here’s what it said: “PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.” So, the “launch game” language is getting out of the prison card here.
In an equally bizarre move, the expensive Collector’s and Regalla Editions come with steel book holsters – included no plate inside! That’s right, the manufacturer notes that a “download code for the game will be provided via a coupon in the box”. The organization does not understand that the market for these Collector’s Editions is the same people who require physical versions of everything?
We are currently trying to find out if it is possible to buy a “discounted” upgrade from PS4 to PS5, or if you have to buy the whole game again if you choose to change platform at a later date. It will at least save transfers. Still, Sony deserves warmth for this: we understand that Horizon Forbidden West-sized games require obscene budgets to develop, but other publishers with much less money than PlayStation have offered many free upgrades so far – there’s no excuse here.