Horizon Zero Dawn Sets August Release Date on PC, Sparks Pricing Controversy

Horizon Zero Dawn Sets August Release Date on PC, Sparks Pricing Controversy

The PS4-to-PC port is at the center of a flare-up over regional prices.

We're just over a week away from the PC release of a major PlayStation 4 title, and less than a month later, another one will follow it. Over the holiday weekend, Guerrilla Games announced that Horizon Zero Dawn's PC version will launch for Steam and the Epic Games Store on August 7, coming just a few weeks after the PC release of Death Stranding.

Guerrilla released a new trailer for the PC port, officially titled Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, that showcases some of the exclusive features the release will include. On top of coming with the Frozen Wilds expansion and other DLC packs released for the PS4 original, Horizon Zero Dawn will include ultrawide resolution support, as well as options for customizing controller inputs and field of view. It also comes with a PC performance benchmarking tool.

On both Steam and Epic in the US, Horizon Zero Dawn is set to cost $49.99. PC Gamer reports that customers in other regions have seen its price on both storefronts fluctuate in the days since it was made available for pre-order. Multiple threads on the Steam forum for Horizon Zero Dawn point to the practice of people using VPNs to try and claim lower prices in other regions, alleging that the price hikes have followed as a result. The issue is particularly pronounced in EU countries (Valve is reportedly contesting the longstanding pricing matter with the European Commission). Eurogamer also confirms the U.K. price has leapt up by £7 since Friday.

Still, the 2017 title's U.S. list price is $10 cheaper than the other forthcoming port it shares an engine with, 2019's Death Stranding. Releasing next week on July 14, the PC version of Kojima Productions' post-apocalyptic delivery tale has already given us some idea of how well Guerrilla's Decima engine performs on PC. An early analysis from Rock Paper Shotgun shows that a GTX 1060 can easily hit 60 FPS at 1080p on maxed settings in Death Stranding.

With its initial announcement, Guerrilla co-founder and Sony's new head of Worldwide Studios Hermen Hulst said that Horizon Zero Dawn's surprise platform leap was not a sign of more ports to come. "[R]eleasing one first-party triple-A title to PC doesn't necessarily mean that every game now will come to PC," Hulst said. Whether or not this is partially a happy result of Death Stranding leading the way, it's also particularly good timing for the Horizon series, as the recent announcement of Horizon Forbidden West for the PS5 has more folks interested in seeing how Guerrilla's franchise made its start.

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