Guerrilla Games has shared some details about how the PlayStation 5 will grant the power for some extreme visual fidelity in Horizon: Forbidden West. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, the studio showed some updates for Aloy’s character model and the graphics in general on PS5. The team is also promising that the PS4 edition won’t be “compromised.”
“Each generation of consoles brings extra power that lets us add even denser polygons to our character models, so we can create finer details such as peach fuzz, smooth contouring, or finer texture details and accurate materials expression, to name a few,” the developer said.
The PS5 allows Guerrilla to increase the number of “skeletal joints” on Aloy’s face which will let her have more facial expressions. This should, theoretically, lead to a whole new level for more credible and immersive character performance,” as stated by the developer.
As should be expected, the PS4 edition of Forbidden West won’t look or perform as well as the PS5 version, but lead character artist Bastien Ramisse made it clear that PS4 players will have an “equally immersive experience.” Guerrilla will take advantage of some “unexplored resources” to improve the PS4 edition of Forbidden West.
“We actually developed and tested the game simultaneously on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, because it’s very important to us as a studio to ensure PlayStation 4 players get an equally immersive experience,” Ramisse said. “With our knowledge from Horizon Zero Dawn, we knew that we still had some unexplored resources that could push the realism and quality of our character assets forward; it’s great to now be able to tap into that knowledge and experience for the sequel.”
According to Ramisse, the more noticeable changes for Aloy in Forbidden West will be on her facial and body capture accuracy. The new technology is being used to create “more realistic shapes and surface details” for Aloy and others.
The game’s preorder situation is a bit confusing, but you can still check out our preorder guide if you plan on picking up Horizon: Forbidden West.