Last week at The Game Awards, PlayStation and Guerrilla Games revealed the Burning Shores DLC for Horizon Forbidden West, which will seemingly add a chunk of new content to the game as an expansion of the story and open world. While the game originally launched on both PS4 and PS5, it looks like Burning Shores will be exclusive to PS5 only, much to the dismay of fans.
Guerrilla Games has confirmed that Horizon Forbidden West‘s Burning Shores will be exclusive to PS5, though this hasn’t gone down well with fans who expressed their disappointment online. As many also pointed out, the studio originally developed the game for PS4, so this decision is baffling. It might suggest that the content and ambitious nature of Burning Shores simply won’t run smoothly on PS4, but there might be other factors at play at Guerrilla Games hasn’t been detailed entirely yet.
This isn’t the first time that a game which originally launched on last-gen consoles is locking its expansion on the current-gen versions. Cyberpunk 2077‘s Phantom Liberty expansion is only exclusive to PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC (despite originally launching on PS4 and Xbox One). Given the technical difficulties of the last-gen versions of that game, though, it makes sense that CD Projekt Red would want to only focus on bringing it to more advanced hardware.
The description for Burning Shores provided by Guerrilla Games reads:
“Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores sees Aloy pursue a sinister threat in the untamed wilds of Los Angeles, now a treacherous volcanic archipelago.”
According to the developer, Burning Shores is an “ambitious expansion” that will allow players to fully explore a new location underwater. It’s described as a “grand vision” in the technical department, which could explain why the studio chose to focus its efforts on PS5 only.
Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores releases on 19 April 2023 for PS5.
Source: PlayStation Blog