Horizon Forbidden West release date, gameplay and how to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 for free

The Playstation exclusive is Guerilla Games’ follow-up to the hugely popular ‘Zero Dawn’

Jasper Pickering
Monday 21 February 2022 10:45
Comments
<p>The game, set in a machine-ravaged US, is out now </p>

The game, set in a machine-ravaged US, is out now

Horizon Forbidden West is one of Sony’s most highly touted exclusives in 2022, continuing the story from the previous game Horizon Zero Dawn.

The game was initially slated for release during the festive period last year but, like with many other developers, there have been delays caused in part by the pandemic, meaning that the final launch was pushed back to February.

Players will take control of Aloy, a hunter who travels a post-apocalyptic version of the United States that has been overrun by dinosaur-like machines.

If the title didn’t give it away, Aloy will be travelling west to find the source of a mysterious plague, which will take her through the familiar but desolate sights of California, Nevada and Yosemite Valley.

To find out more about when Horizon Forbidden West and what new features we can expect, keep on reading.

Read more:

When is ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ being released?

Horizon Forbidden West was released on 18 February 2022 on both the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 consoles.

Will I be able to upgrade ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ for free?

It’s worth noting that if you purchase the PS4 version of the game, you will be entitled to a free PS5 upgrade. Horizon Forbidden West will be the last Sony-exclusive title to receive this special treatment and all future releases, including God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7, will require an upgrade fee to unlock the PS5 versions of the game.

How does ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ run on the PS4?

On a recent Playstation blog post, Guerilla Studio Director Angie Smets announced that Horizon Forbidden West has officially “gone gold”, which means the game is now going to print and will be ready for distribution. The blog post also shared gameplay captured on a PS4 pro console which you can see below:

How big is the file size for ‘Horizon Forbidden West’?

In a tweet from Playstation Game Size, Horizon Forbidden West is a hefty download. While the US version of the game is reportedly a little leaner, European players can expect the file size to reach 96.3GB. This could be due to the additional language packs required for European territories.

As this is before any details of day one patches have been released, European players can expect the game to take up a sizeable portion of the PS5’s SSD, considering it has up to 825GB of useable storage space.

The file size on the PS5 in EU territories will take up approximately 97GB, compared with 90GB for the US version.

What is the story of ‘Horizon Forbidden West’?

Horizon Forbidden West - Story Trailer | PS5, PS4

In the next chapter of Aloy’s adventure, she will journey into the lands of the “Forbidden West” in order to seek a cure for a world-ending blight. She’ll be joined by companions, including Varl and Erend from the first game, along with new allies Zo, Alva, and Kotallo, to defeat the rebel leader Regalla and her army in the war-torn region.

Will I be able to play ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ on the PSVR 2?

Playstation confirmed the official name and existence of its latest virtual reality offering, the PSVR 2, at CES 2022. Along with that, a new teaser for a standalone title called Horizon Call of the Mountain was also shown as the first confirmed game being developed specifically for the headset.

According to a Playstation blog post, Horizon Call of the Mountain will tell a different story through the eyes of a new character. Players will also meet Aloy and other familiar faces as they experience the world of Horizon through virtual reality.

Read more: PSVR 2 release date: When is it available for pre-order?

It’s unclear how Horizon Call of the Mountain will tie into the events of Forbidden West, but as Aloy is confirmed to make an appearance in the VR spin-off, it’s safe to assume there will be some tangential connection between the two.

Voucher codes

If you’re looking for discounts on technology or video games then try one of these codes:

If you’re still trying to get your hands on the elusive PS5 console, we’re keeping an eye on restocks

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in