There's still time to pre-order Horizon Forbidden West and all the special editions

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Horizon Forbidden West pre-orders for both the special editions and standard game are still available ahead of the official February 18 release date. That means there's still time to score yourself some extra goodies right on day one, and we're showing you exactly which edition to put your name down for right here.

Which is the best edition? Are the more expensive versions worth it? We break down the benefits of getting a Horizon Forbidden West pre-order below. You'll also find the best deals to make sure you can pre-order Horizon Forbidden West for the lowest possible price right here.

Speaking of saving, thanks to the free PS5 upgrade system there's a nifty little $10 discount on Horizon Forbidden West pre-orders for PS5 players right now. The PS4 edition of the game is currently retailing at $59.99 (available at Amazon) (opens in new tab), whereas the PS5 version sits at $69.99. However, thanks to the free upgrade, those who purchase the previous generation's disk can still reap all the rewards of the new console. You'll find all the retailers offering the PS4 version just below. 

Sony is keeping the info coming, with new details being shared regularly in the run up to release day. Be sure to keep an eye on our guide to all things Horizon Forbidden West if you want to stay in the loop.

Pre-order Horizon Forbidden West - Standard Edition

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If you want the cheapest possible Horizon Forbidden West pre-order, this is the version to chase. Plus, you'll get a bonus outfit and weapon if you pre-order Horizon Forbidden West Standard Edition from participating retailers.

Speaking of benefits, it might be worth grabbing a PS4 edition of the game even if you've got a PlayStation 5 console (so long as you don't mind not having the PS5 case on your shelf, anyway). That's because it's slightly cheaper, and Horizon Forbidden West will now allow players to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 for free. In other words, you can save some cash no matter which system you've got; PS5 users are able to take advantage of the shiny next-gen edition for less, and those still playing on a PS4 can upgrade at a later date if they get lucky with a PS5 restock. Everyone wins.

Here's what you get for your Standard Edition Horizon Forbidden West pre-order:

  • Horizon Forbidden West for PS4/PS5
  • Downloadable Nora Legacy Outfit and Spear (from participating retailers)

Pre-order Standard Edition

PS5 Standard Edition: $69.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
PS5 Standard Edition:
$69.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
PS5 Standard Edition:
$69.99 at GameStop (opens in new tab)

PS4 Standard Edition: $59.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
PS4 Standard Edition:
$59.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
PS4 Standard Edition:
$59.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Pre-order Horizon Forbidden West - Digital Deluxe Edition

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This version of the game is more expensive than the Standard Edition, but it's one hell of a lot better in terms of value. Firstly, you're receiving both the PS5 and PS4 editions of Horizon Forbidden West. Next, new outfits and items are included for use in the game. Oh, and you get the digital soundtrack, art, and comic book.

  • Horizon Forbidden West (digital) on PS4 and PS5
  • Two Special Outfits (Carja Behemoth Elite and Nora Thunder Elite)
  • 2 Special Weapons (Carja Behemoth Short Bow and Nora Thunder Sling)
  • In-game Resources Pack (includes ammunition, potions, and travel packs)
  • In-game Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike Piece
  • Exclusive Photo Mode pose and face paint
  • Digital Art Book
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Version of The Sunhawk, a Horizon Zero Dawn graphic novel

Pre-order Digital Deluxe Edition

PS5 and PS4 Digital Edition: $79.99 at PlayStation
PS5 and PS4 Digital Edition (UK):
£79.99 at PlayStation.com

Pre-order Horizon Forbidden West - Special Edition

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The next step up is the Special Edition, and a pre-order for this version secures you a steelbook case for the game, an art book, outfit, and digital soundtrack. It's only available in limited quantities though, so move fast if you want to secure your copy.

As with the Standard Edition, a PS4 copy of the game can be upgraded to PS5 for free.

  • Steelbook Horizon Forbidden West for PS4/PS5
  • Downloadable Nora Legacy Outfit and Spear (from participating retailers)
  • Mini art book
  • Digital Soundtrack

Pre-order Special Edition

PS5 Special Edition: $79.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
PS5 Special Edition:
$79.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
PS5 Special Edition:
$79.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

PS4 Special Edition: $69.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
PS4 Special Edition:
$69.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
PS4 Special Edition:
$69.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)

Pre-order Horizon Forbidden West - Collector's Edition

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Here's where things start to get interesting. While the price rockets up as a result, this version of the game includes everything from the Special Edition (like the soundtrack, steelbook, and mini art book) to go with a couple of cool statues. You also get the digital PS4 and PS5 Horizon Forbidden West games.

Here's everything that's included in when you pre-order Horizon Forbidden West Collector's Edition:

  • Horizon Forbidden West (digital) on PS4 and PS5
  • Horizon Forbidden West steelbook display case
  • Custom sculpted Tremortusk and Aloy statues
  • Mini art book
  • Two Special Outfits (Carja Behemoth Elite and Nora Thunder Elite)
  • Two Special Weapons (Carja Behemoth Short Bow and Nora Thunder Sling)
  • In-game Resources Pack (includes ammunition, potions, and travel packs)
  • In-game Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike Piece
  • Exclusive Photo Mode pose and face paint
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Version of The Sunhawk, a Horizon Zero Dawn graphic novel

Pre-order Collector's Edition

PS5 Collector's Edition: $199.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
PS5 Collector's Edition:
$199.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

PS5 Collector's Edition (UK): £169.99 at Game UK (opens in new tab)

Pre-order Horizon Forbidden West - Regalla Edition

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If you want the ultimate Horizon Forbidden West pre-order, this is it. Featuring everything in the Collector's Edition as well as a unique Tremortusk statue and item replicas from the game itself (such as Aloy's Focus), the Regalla copy of the game is deeply impressive - yet it does have an eye-watering price. Whether it's worth the cost will vary from person to person, but there's no arguing with the attention to detail here.

Here's everything you get in the Regalla Edition:

  • Horizon Forbidden West (digital) on PS4 and PS5
  • Horizon Forbidden West steelbook display case
  • A Regalla-themed, custom sculpted Tremortusk and Aloy statue
  • Replica Focus and custom stand
  • Two art print cards
  • Replica Sunwing and Clawstrider Machine Strike pieces
  • Mini art book
  • Canvas map
  • Two Special Outfits (Carja Behemoth Elite and Nora Thunder Elite)
  • Two Special Weapons (Carja Behemoth Short Bow and Nora Thunder Sling)
  • In-game Resources Pack (includes ammunition, potions, and travel packs)
  • In-game Apex Clawstrider Machine Strike Piece
  • Exclusive Photo Mode poses and face paints
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • Digital Version of The Sunhawk, a Horizon Zero Dawn graphic novel

Pre-order Regalla Edition

PS5 Regalla Edition: $259.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
PS5 Regalla Edition:
$259.99 at GameStop (opens in new tab)

Horizon Forbidden West PS5 upgrade

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Hoping to pick up a PS5 in the future? It's now been confirmed that you'll be able to upgrade your PS4 version of the game to the PS5 equivalent at no extra cost. This is a bit of a U-turn for PlayStation; when the Horizon Forbidden West pre-order deals were first announced, the company had insisted that everyone would need to pay for the PS4 and PS5 editions separately.

This means it might be worth buying the PS4 edition of the game even if you have a PS5 already - it's slightly cheaper, and you'll be able to upgrade and take advantage of the PS5 version of Horizon Forbidden West anyway. So long as the upgrade is available on day one (which admittedly hasn't been confirmed yet), it's a win-win situation.

Wondering why this is such a big deal? If you've been lucky enough to get your hands on PS5 stock, then we fully expect you to have the 'better' version of Horizon. Surely this is a game that's been made with the new console in mind from the very off, and while it will look absolutely great on PS4, it's the PS5 version that most will be after as a result. It'll load a lot faster thanks to the PlayStation 5's advanced tech, too.

Is it worth pre-ordering Horizon Forbidden West?

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This long-awaited sequel will bring Aloy back to the post-post-apocalyptic world, revealing mysteries of how the world got to where it is, and where it's going, with plenty of tribal conflict, robot-dinosaur tracking and hunting, and gorgeous landscapes along the way. But what makes it worth pre-ordering?

If you just want the game by itself, there isn't much of an incentive to put down your cash early beyond a special downloadable costume (which you may as well take advantage of if you can, but isn't worth getting worked up about if you miss out). However, the Special, Collector's, and Regalla Editions are absolutely worth pre-ordering. These will be snapped up fast, so you're unlikely to be able to get them - or the latter two, at least - on launch day. The Collector's and Regalla Edition items probably won't be available anywhere else either, so this is your only chance to grab those statues or replicas.

And if nothing else, pre-ordering lets you get into the game as soon as possible. We've only seen bits of it so far, but the 14 minutes of gameplay we got back in May is enough to indicate that it'll be something special. As well as that, early previews have revealed that the game will reward you for taking time with its world and investing in it, and we already know that the game goes even further than the new location of 'the West' indicated in the name.

We also know that the game will have a 60fps performance mode on PS5, and that, as a nice bonus, Horizon Zero Dawn has now received a 60fps patch! This makes the experience even better on the PS5 and is well worth embracing should you be new to the games - or if you're planning a return journey before Forbidden West's release.


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Rob Dwiar

I'm the Commissioning Editor for Hardware at GamesRadar+ and have been here since the hardware team's inception in late 2018. I'm also a writer on games and have had work published over the last six years or so at the likes of Eurogamer, RPS, PCGN, and more. Day to day, I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer, so I do that in my spare time. I'm also an expert on the virtual landscapes and environments of games and love to write about them too, including in an upcoming book on the topic!

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