Game Director Mathijs de Jonge has recently revealed a new detail about the upcoming video game Horizon Forbidden West that can assure the fans that will play it on current gen consoles.
de Jonge assured everyone in an interview with media outlet Game Informer that the game will still “look fantastic” on PlayStation 4.
The game director explained his reason for his confidence. According to him, the video game sequel had “a lot of its development taken place on the PS4.” He also revealed that the playtesting was also done of the same console generation, so in short, the game will definitely play properly on it.
“For the PlayStation 5 we can go much further, of course,” he added. “Visually we can add a lot more detail. Graphically, the rendering technique for the underwater scenes is special for the PlayStation 5, it has extra details and extra systems, like the wave technique is better on that system.”
This meant that the PS5 version is much like just getting extra stuff that the new-gen console could handle. This includes improved water and environmental details, cinematic-grade lighting system, and more.
“The lighting on Aloy on PlayStation 5 has much more definition,” said de Jonge. “We use a special cinematic lighting rig, that on the PlayStation 4 is only used in cutscenes, because the game is not running and we have more processing power in those scenes. But with the PlayStation 5 we have plenty of processing power, so we can have that lighting rig always available, so she always looks great with that lighting setup travelling with her anywhere.”
In short, PS4 is how the game was made and it will run just as smoothly on the PS5. The PS5 version, on the other hand, is getting the shiny extras.
Horizon Forbidden West launches within this year on PS4 and PS5.
Source: Game Informer via IGN