Guerrilla Games artist Bastien Ramisse talked about Horizon: Forbidden West in a post on the PlayStation blog, stating that the power of PS5 has allowed them to add even more levels of detail to the game on the new console. However, the studio aims to offer an equally immersive experience on PlayStation 4 as well.
“We actually developed and tested the game on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 at the same time, because it’s very important to us as a studio to ensure that PlayStation 4 players have an equally immersive experience ,” said Ramisse.
“With our knowledge of Horizon Zero Dawn, we knew we still had some unexplored assets that could propel our characters’ realism and asset quality forward; it’s great to be able to tap into that knowledge and experience now for the sequel.”
He added: “The most noticeable differences and improvements for Aloy in terms of technology are the boost to the accuracy of face and body capture, which allows for more realistic shapes and surface details on the characters, as well as the careful increase in polygon density. to reproduce lived-in and handcrafted clothes. “
Ramisse also reported on Hardware Zone that the studio didn’t have to scale its project vision due to PS4 hardware constraints. Aside from 3D audio, fast loading, and DualSense support, the main difference between the two versions of the game is on the graphics side.
“On PlayStation 5 we can add a lot more detail on a graphic level. We can see the tiny hairs on Aloy’s face, for example. You can also see a lot of detail from far away.” Ramisse elaborated on this aspect in the new PS Blog interview. “Each generation of consoles offers extra power that allows us to add even denser polygons to our character models, so we can create finer details like fuzz, smooth edges or more detailed material textures, to name a few.”
“And not only do the visuals benefit from the new PlayStation 5 hardware, but we’ve also increased the number of skeletal joints to take our facial deformations and expressions to a whole new level for more believable and engaging character performance. All in all, a dream come true for both gamers and developers. “
Sony recently postponed the release date of Horizon: Forbidden West to February 2022.