Sequel sees second-biggest physical PS5 launch
One of the most anticipated releases of 2022, Horizon Forbidden West, is now out and in the hands of the public. Having enjoyed a very positive round of critic reviews, Guerrilla Games’ nature-traversing adventure is available to purchase on PlayStation platforms, and has already seen some happy physical sales success.
In the UK — as reported by GamesIndustry.biz — Horizon Forbidden West is the second-biggest physical release for a PS5 title, second only to Insomniac’s web-slinger Spider-Man: Miles Morales. In the UK territory, the PS5 edition of the new game outsold its PS4 brethren, accounting for around 68% of all physical sales. Of course, none of the above takes into account digital sales, which are now proven to be the dominant delivery system. Regardless, Guerrilla’s sequel sits proudly in the top spot of the UK Charts.
Perhaps the most surprising element of the PS5 sales success is wound up in the bizarre pricing method for Horizon Forbidden West on both platforms. The PS4 edition retails for $10/£10 cheaper than the PS5 edition, but includes a free upgrade to PS5, essentially eliminating the need to buy the pricier PS5 edition outright. This detail, though noted by many news outlets, was obviously not widely touted by Sony, and thus the majority of Horizon Forbidden West‘s physical sales were purchased at the higher price.