The director of the game assures us in an interview that Forbidden West will look even better on PS4 than the first installment, but with ‘more details’ on PS5.
Horizon 2: Forbidden West, along with God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7, is one of the intergenerational games that PlayStation Studios prepares for its consoles, PS5 and PS4 . In a recent State of Play we saw the new console version of Aloy’s adventure, a gameplay that showed impressive visual detail, but the PS4 version “is going to look incredible,” according to a statement from Mathijs de Jonge, director of the game, in an interview just published.
“The game is going to look amazing on PlayStation 4. I think with the first game we already showed how good Horizon can look on the PlayStation 4. And this installment will look even better, ” says de Jonge when asked if it will be very different from the PS5 version. And he confirms: “We are developing on both consoles at the same time. They go hand in hand.”
Of course, it also highlights the benefits of the game exclusive to the machine that arrived in Spain on November 19: “But on the PlayStation 5, thanks to its additional processing power, we can add much more detail in the graphics. I think that it’s one of the most important things [about that version].”
Loading times on PS4 for Horizon 2: Forbidden West will be two minutes and on PS5 seconds
A substantial difference will be in the loading times : “Of course, the super-fast SSD greatly accelerates the loading of the game. This is also an advantage. I need to test the game almost daily and it only takes a few seconds to load , which is incredible if you compare to the PlayStation 4, which takes about two minutes. So it’s really a game changer in that regard.”
The game director also praises the 3D sound and DualSense controller “because they help with immersion.” “And from a design standpoint, immersion is one of the most important things that we always strive for. When we design games, we want players to feel like they are really in the game world, not to be distracted by anything. And with that controller, the tactile feel of handling the weapons along with immersive audio helps to get you more into that world.”
Horizon 2: Forbidden West will arrive on PS4 and PS5 with an estimated date end of 2021, but PlayStation Studios did not make it clear if they will have to delay it or not.