Horizon Zero Dawn, one of PlayStation 4‘s prized exclusives, is set to launch for PC on August 7th. As per an online report, the role-playing action game will be sold via both Steam and Epic Games Store for $49.99.
The developer, Guerilla Games, owned by Sony, published a new trailer for the entire edition of Horizon Zero Dawn, The Verge has reported. The 90-second trailer depicts a multitude of features and enhancements coming to the PC version, such as ultrawide display support, an unlocked framerate, dynamic foliage, deep graphics customization settings, enhanced reflections, and expanded controller options.
In addition, the PC version will have an in-game benchmark tool that will help players find the perfect balance between FPS and visual quality.
Explore a vibrant world inhabited by awe-inspiring machines in Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC, coming to Steam and Epic Games Store on August 7th.
— Guerrilla (@Guerrilla) July 3, 2020
In March, Hermen Hulst, the head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, said of Horizon’s PC port: “I think it’s important that we stay open to new ideas of how to introduce more people to PlayStation, and show people maybe what they’ve been missing out on.”
Last month, during Sony’s online PS5 event, Guerilla revealed an outstanding-looking PS5 sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn named Horizon Forbidden West. Still, there are no details regarding the release window yet, for the expected follow-up.
Horizon Zero Dawn Saw a Price Increase
Initially, when Horizon Zero Dawn was first put for sale in the UK, it was £32.99 ($42) on Steam, but since then, the price went up to £39.99 ($49.99). The Steam forum is full of people complaining about similar price increases in various regions; the full list on price changes can be found on SteamDB.
In some cases, like the UK price, this puts Steam in line with the Epic Games Store, but some prospective players have reported the game is now cheaper on EGS in their area. It is not consistent, however, with some regions getting an increase in EGS and not Steam.
Before the price increase, the difference between regional prices was big, and VPN users could benefit from the service to get the game a lot cheaper than it would normally be in their country. The original tag in Turkey, for example, was about £9 ($11), but now it’s around £32 ($40). This could be one of the reasons behind Sony’s decision to jack up the price.
Steam offered regional pricing support a few years back, but not in all regions, and it is still up to the publisher to decide what price to ask. Using a VPN to purchase a game for a lower price is against Steam’s terms of service, but people still try. With some games, Valve and the publisher use geo-blocking to obstruct the codes from functioning in certain countries, although the European Commission considers that a breach of EU’s antitrust regulations.
Increasing the price to make people stop taking advantage of regional differences unevenly affects the people in those countries, making the titles incredibly expensive. It is not clear if this is what happened here, but in the past, Valve implied it to publishers.