For PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners alike: Horizon Forbidden West is definitely one of the most anticipated games on the way. Today the team at Guerilla Games gave us a pretty extensive update on the game and just explained how Aloy will develop as a character in Horizon Forbidden West, but go into the details of how the game will take advantage of the PS5’s updated hardware and what we can expect from the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
The fact that Horizon Forbidden West Coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 at the same time has been somewhat controversial among those who would like to see Sony invest its resources in supporting the PlayStation 5, but according to a recent letter on the PlayStation blog, Horizon Forbidden West will still get the PlayStation 5 working.
“Each generation of consoles brings extra power that allows us to add even denser polygons to our character models, so we can create finer details such as peach fuzz, smooth contours or finer texture details and precise material expression, to name a few,” guerrilla main character artist Bastien Ramisse said today in this blog post. “And it’s not just visual aspects that benefit from the new PlayStation 5 hardware – we’ve also increased the number of skeletal joints to take our deformations and facial expressions to a whole new level for more believable and immersive character performance.”
The PlayStation 4 version obviously won’t benefit from the improvements made with PS5 in mind, but Guerrilla says it won’t be a smaller version of the game as a result. In fact, the studio says the improvements to the PS5 “don’t mean the PlayStation 4 version will be compromised”. Additionally, Ramisse says Guerrilla is trying to “make sure that PlayStation 4 players get an equally immersive experience”.
When you are happy Horizon Forbidden West, well worth reading through the entire article because, although long, it delves into much of the design philosophy behind Aloy as a character. Horizon Forbidden West will be released on February 18, 2022 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and we’ll see if players can enjoy an equally immersive experience on both consoles.
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