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Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores DLC Announced for PS5, Not Coming to PS4 Version

Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores DLC Announced for PS5, Not Coming to PS4 Version - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 December 2022 / 2,635 Views

Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Guerrilla Games have announced the Burning Shores DLC for the PlayStation 5 version of Horizon Forbidden West. It will not be released for the PlayStation 4.

The Burning Shores DLC will launch on April 19, 2023.

View the announcement trailer below:

Read details on the game below:

Today we’re thrilled to announce “Burning Shores,” our expansion to Horizon Forbidden West which sees Aloy pursue a sinister threat in the untamed wilds of Los Angeles, now a treacherous volcanic archipelago.

She will be traveling to a dangerous new region south of the Tenakth Clan Lands, featuring a compelling storyline following from where Horizon Forbidden West ended, new characters, adventures, and more—some details which we look forward to sharing with you very soon!

Our creative vision for the Burning Shores is an ambitious expansion which will take Aloy to the ruins of Los Angeles. It’s an overgrown and fractured city that can be fully explored via the water and flying on the back of a Sunwing. A massive machine threat lurks in its shadow—a huge challenge that Aloy must overcome by using all of her skills and abilities. To achieve this grand vision technically and creatively, we’ve made the difficult decision to focus all our efforts on making an incredible experience exclusively for the PlayStation 5 console.

Thanks again to all our amazing fans for your love and support! We look forward to sharing more with you very soon.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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thevideogameninja (on 08 December 2022)

Loved my time with HZD 2 and while it may not have reached the same heights its predecessor did it was still an amazing ride from start to finish.

Interested to see where this journey takes Alloy next.


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Zkuq (on 09 December 2022)

Not a fan of this decision. This isn't just dropping support for PS4, this is also dropping support for a game its buyers probably expected to be properly supported. I'm going to assume this is justifed from a business standpoint, but this is also a trustworthiness issue. For example, if this game was on PC and the same happened to the PC version, it would probably generate a significant number of negative user reviews (and for a good reason).

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Pinkie_pie Zkuq (on 09 December 2022)

PC isn't dying like the PS4 . The game it's buyers will be able to play on ps5 with its free upgrade path. The yuffie dlc released only for the ps5 when ps4 wasn't as dead as by the time forbidden west dlc releases

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Zkuq Pinkie_pie (on 09 December 2022)

That's a fair point, although the PS5 itself isn't exactly cheap or easy to find. I guess on PC, a similar comparison would be a DLC requiring you to get a $500 GPU upgrade if you were just barely meeting the minimum requirements of the base game. There would probably be some outrage, but definitely not as much.

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Radek (on 09 December 2022)

This pretty much confirms all 2023 Sony games will be PS5 only. Which is good imo. Imagine if they tried to make Spiderman 2 run on PS4...

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Signalstar (on 08 December 2022)

That's a d*ck move Sony. I have the PS5 version but still....

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JWeinCom (on 08 December 2022)

Not realistic to expect them to support the PS4 forever, but if this isn't available as a stand alone purchase on the PS5, that'd be pretty screwed up.

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 10 December 2022)

That's a shame. Since the game itself is on ps4 it seems silly not to include the dlc there as well.

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mjk45 (on 11 December 2022)

The DLC coming out just 6 days before my hundredth birthday yes yes yes and might I add I played the PS4 version on my Pro but now own a PS5 that was the HZD:FW bundle and that fact saw me expend a considerable amount of my brainpower on whether to upgrade via my PS4 version or use the digital PS5 code after much anguish and being a hermit and so not knowing anyone that I could sell either version to I became inspired and decided to upgrade both, but funnily enough like most of, oh who am I kidding all of my inspired thoughts the answer came back as a big fat no, Sony wouldn't allow me to have two versions of HZD:FW on my PS5' but on the bright side the fact that I now own a PS5 has given me the opportunity where I can now smugly say fuck the PS4 .

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Shiken (on 09 December 2022)

At this point in time, it is a good move to cut out the PS4 versions. The base game was clearly a PS4 game with extra settings for PS5, but if they release a stand alone DLC that they can truly make a next gen experience out of I am all for it.

We are two years into the PS5, it is time to move on.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 09 December 2022)

They might change the announcement if a lot demanded it on PS4 just like what happened with revillage also getting last gen versions

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 09 December 2022)

If this was on the same area they would do ps4, buy its a new zone and they probably didnt want to have the extra work and headhaches of porting such a demand gameon last gen.

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The Fury (on 09 December 2022)

Looking forward to exploring more parts of the alternate US west coast. :)

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kazuyamishima (on 08 December 2022)


Sony released this DLC on PS4 and PS5: Bad Move Sony
Sony released this DLC on PS5 Only: Bad Move Sony.

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Signalstar kazuyamishima (on 09 December 2022)

Why would anyone complain if they also released this DLC for the PS4 version? I am one of the people who believed that FW should have been PS5 exclusive and skipped the PS4 entirely. Yet Sony in their wisdom thought it best to do a cross gen release. They never said ahead of time that they wouldn't treat the PS4 version of the game equally. This is ridiculous. The game is less than a year old. If you wanted to give people the option to play on PS4 you should offer the same content. What if they did this with GT7 and stopped updating the PS4 version with new cars and tracks. Would people think that is fair?

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Pinkie_pie Signalstar (on 09 December 2022)

They wouldn't do it to gt7 because it's cross gen online game. I don't know why you're making a big deal out of this. By the time the dlc releases, ps4 will be over a decade old and it's not like ps4 horizon owners have to buy the game again if they want to play the dlc on ps5. Forbidden west upgrade path is free so they only need to buy the dlc . I played forbidden west on ps4 but I got a ps5 a few months ago and I do think most of the people who played it on ps4 will move on to ps5 by the time the dlc releases

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zero129 (on 08 December 2022)

Wow bad move. I mean it would be expected if this was a whole new game and not an expansion.

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Blood_Tears (on 09 December 2022)

Good choice to keep it PS5 only. They've seen the data and know how little the PS4 sku sold so this is expected, especially in 2023. I platinumed the base game on PS5 and looking forward to this new expansion.

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Pinkie_pie (on 08 December 2022)

It's a dick move when sony does it but when other companies do something similar it's all good. I remember the yuffie dlc for ff7 remake and no one here seemed to care. It's time they stop supporting last gen consoles

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JuliusHackebeil Pinkie_pie (on 09 December 2022)

If Forbidden West just came out on ps4 and then more than a year later a remake for ps5 with exclusive new content, people might take it differently.

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Pinkie_pie JuliusHackebeil (on 09 December 2022)

People take it differently because it's sony. What square Enix did with ff7 remake dlc a year ago was the same thing but it was all good. And remember the majority of ff7 remake sold were on ps4 and there were way less ps5 sold and harder to find a ps5 when the ff7 remake dlc released

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JuliusHackebeil Pinkie_pie (on 09 December 2022)

I do largely agree with you. It is a dick move either way as far as I can tell. But to me there is a difference between a game releasing simultaniously on ps4 and ps5 and only the ps5 version getting dlc. And a game releasing for ps4 and then quite some time later (a year or so) a remaster with additional content for ps5. I think dlc is a poor stopping point no matter what though. New game, new console - that would be fine by me. I am one of those people who wanted the whole thing exclusive for ps5. But if it releases in console x, its dlc should also release on console x. Perhaps there is extra scrutiny on sony. But square did it more elegantly as far as I can tell.

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Pinkie_pie JuliusHackebeil (on 09 December 2022)

I don't think it's such a big deal. Sure I was disappointed I couldn't play the ff7 remake dlc on the day it released but I knew I was gonna play it eventually and that I didn't have to buy the whole game again on ps5 since the upgrade is free. I played forbidden west on ps4 but now that I have a ps5 I will be playing the dlc not needing to buy the game again since it's also free upgrade . I think the majority who played forbidden west on ps4 will have a ps5 by the time the dlc releases. It would be a dick move if
we have to buy the game again for the dlc

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