Horizon Forbidden West
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Both first party exclusives are going to be cross-gen releases.
This is a bit of a surprise. Sony have revealed that some of their major upcoming first party exclusives that were previously announced for the PS5 are going to be cross-gen releases. Though this information wasn’t mentioned in the recent PS5 Showcase, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan revealed the same in a blog post published on the PlayStation Blog.
Horizon Forbidden West and Sackboy: A Big Adventure will be releasing for both PS5 and PS4, while the same also previously confirmed for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. On the PS5, these games will leverage the SSD for faster load times, the DualSense for haptic feedback and feature using the adaptive triggers, and will have better visuals, but they will also be playable on the PS4 when they release as well.
“Additionally, we know that the PS4 community will transition to PS5 at different times, and we’re happy to announce PS4 versions of some of our exclusives,” Ryan wrote. “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West will also launch on PS4. While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch.”
Sackboy: A Big Adventure has also been confirmed as a PS5 launch title, which means it will be coming to PS4 and PS5 on November 12 this year.
Additionally, all of these first party cross-gen games will allow for free upgrades to PS5 versions if you purchase them on the PS4, either digitally or physically.