Guerilla Games explain how Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores only works on PS5

Aloy’s next adventure is just a few short weeks away as she visits the Burning Shores.

Following the events of Forbidden West, we’ll get to see the story continue, assumedly as we move towards future Horizon titles, in an all-new, expansive DLC.

Unfortunately for some, however, it has been confirmed the DLC will not be coming to PS4 despite Forbidden West already launching there.

Speaking to PlayStation Blog, Guerilla Games have advised that because Forbidden West is such a ‘visual game’ and the fact that ‘fast-loading’ really aided the development process, future ambitions for the series are now being made to match.

Mathijs de Jonge, Game Director at Guerilla, has then gone a step further to explain why Burning Shores is only coming to PS5.

One scene, in particular, apparently made the decision for the team. He says there is ‘a particular battle scene that requires a LOT of memory and processing power! To achieve this grand vision both technically and creatively, we definitely were thankful for the many advantages that the PS5 hardware brings.’

But on the whole, because a key priority for the Horizon games is ‘to add a ton of detail and richness to (the) environments’ they would have needed a plan on how to optimise for PS4, but by just focusing on PS5 they can achieve their true vision.

Burning Shores really benefits from the PS5 processing power and on PS5 the team can draw at a higher detail, while also being able to ‘support 40Hz Mode and Variable Refresh Rate on capable TVs for even more fluid gameplay’.

Nearly three years into the lifespan of these current gen systems, it is a surprise that the current gen is still being so heavily supported, especially with major releases like God of War Ragnarok and even Gran Turismo 7.

But with Spider-Man 2 confirmed as a PS5 exclusive, coming this fall, PSVR 2 only able to take advantage of the latest hardware, and this announcement around Burning Shores, we’re really beginning to see PS4 hardware phased out of Sony’s plans as they move forward with the more powerful generation that has really started to enter its stride.

Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores DLC comes exclusively to PlayStation 5 on April 19.

(Source PlayStation Blog)

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