Here’s a head-scratcher from Jim Ryan, the most popular video game manager of all time: Horizon Forbidden West was designed from the ground up for PlayStation 5. Besides, as announced earlier this week, the game is also coming to PlayStation 4. We don’t know exactly how this will work, but here’s what the PlayStation boss told the Washington Post.
“Nobody should be disappointed [about Horizon Forbidden West, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure being on PS4]. The PS5 versions of these games have been designed from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 features and we have an upgrade path for PS4 users to get the PS5 versions for free. It̵
We’re not entirely sure how these titles were designed to take full advantage of the PS5 when they need to work on the PS4 as well. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, for example, seems impossible on the current generation console while the above doesn’t. Perhaps the PS4 version of Horizon Forbidden West is a completely different experience, but that doesn’t seem likely.
Many are dissatisfied with Sony for “believing in generations” only to quietly announce that it is also releasing cross-gen games. To be fair, it’s only three titles out of an exceptional range for the first year so far, although we’re slowly wondering if games like Gran Turismo 7 and God of War: Ragnarok are really PS5 exclusive.
A little more transparency from the Japanese giant would be desirable as we move forward; There’s nothing wrong with making software available to the millions of existing PS4 owners, but when messaging gets this messy, the manufacturer needs to be a little clearer with their plans and directions. Ultimately, we spent much of this year playing guessing games.