Horizon Forbidden West’s PS5 expansion to take advantage of the console’s power

Horizon: Forbidden West looks like it will be at its best with the Burning Shores expansion, as the game’s developer plans to use the power of the PS5 console.

Mathijs de Jonge, who is in charge of the Horizon: Forbidden West game, went on the official PlayStation blog to talk briefly about what the Burning Shores expansion will be like when it comes out on April 19. Unsurprisingly, it all comes down to the fact that it’s only available on the PS5, leaving the PS4 behind.

Burning Shores takes place in the ruins of Los Angeles. The main character, Aloy, will have to face new dangers and biomes. There look to be volcanoes, lava springs, and brand-new, extra-big machine enemies among these.

“Everything we added or increased in Horizon: Forbidden West was something we had to figure out how to optimize for PS4,” says de Jonge.

“Since we only have to worry about PS5, we’ve been able to move quickly on Burning Shores, and we’re really proud of what we’ve been able to do to make this beautiful post-post-apocalyptic version of Los Angeles.”

Burning Shores sounds like it will be even more beautiful to look at than the base game. And that’s especially exciting because Horizon: Forbidden West is not only one of the best PS5 games, but also one of the best-looking games on any current-generation console.

Another interesting detail from de Jonge is a hint at the fighting in Burning Shores. With the help of PS5, it looks like players will get to see some very ambitious set pieces.

“Another one that stands out is a battle scene that needs a LOT of memory and processing power!” says de Jonge. “Thanks to the PS5 hardware’s many benefits, we were able to realize this grand vision both technically and creatively.”

Are we finally done with last-gen support?

Several first-party PS5 games had to make different changes to their PS4 versions in order to work. This includes Gran Turismo 7 and God of War: Ragnarok. A lot of third-party publishers, like Capcom with Resident Evil Village and Street Fighter 6, also make games for more than one generation.

But there seems to be a big change when it comes to releases for more than one generation. For example, Street Fighter 6 is not coming out for Xbox One at all. Meanwhile, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is coming out exclusively on PlayStation 5, along with games like Final Fantasy 16 that people are very excited about.

All of these games are coming out this year, and the PS5 supply chain is becoming less of a bottleneck. We’ve said that the PS5 and Xbox Series X are held back by last-gen, and it looks like publishers are more eager than ever to take advantage of the power of current-gen consoles.

Still, the PS4 is still a very popular console almost ten years after it came out, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the occasional cross-gen game come out on Sony’s platforms in the near future. But it looks like Sony is finally getting rid of its need to have games for both the PS5 and PS4.

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