Sony admits fucking up Forbidden West PS5 upgrade options

Publishers, take note: If you really want to aggravate your constituency, look at what Sony did this week. In case you missed it, PlayStation experienced quite the fallout after proudly announcing every edition of Horizon Forbidden West. Not because there weren’t enough editions to choose from, but because of upgrade options. Telling people that you can exclusively get a PS5 upgrade if you go for the pricier digital version… nice try, bro. It didn’t take SIE CEO Jim Ryan long to figure out he fucked up.

What should have been a day of celebration, turned into a day of disappointment and disbelief for some. The word that the standard Horizon Forbidden West can not be upgraded to a PS5 version – not even after paying for an upgrade patch – hit the community hard. Why? Because there clearly is a way to offer that upgrade since the Digital Deluxe version does. But also because Jim Ryan has always been the guy that promised free upgradability for cross-gen launch games. Which Forbidden West technically still is, even though it has been delayed till February 2022.

It is now that same Jim Ryan that admits screwing the pooch. In a recent update on the matter, Ryan admits taking this thing on incorrectly and fixing his wrongs. The standard edition of Horizon Forbidden West will come with the option to upgrade now. And the best news is that it’ll come at no extra cost, as was promised in the past.

“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 continued his statement by pointing out that the free upgrade options will eventually end with future game launches. With games like God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7, upgrades will still be offered, be it at a price. Those fees won’t break the bank though because they’ll only run you 10 bucks.

“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.”

So, are you happy with this? Does Jim Ryan make your Best Bro List again? He sure hopes so. If there’s one thing that keeps him up at night, it’s disappointing his posse. Let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure he’ll read it after he upgrades to the Deluxe version of Instakilled.