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Horizon Forbidden West PS5 file size and pre-load date could've just been revealed

Horizon Forbidden West
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Horizon Forbidden West's file size might've just been revealed for the PS5 version of the new game.

Just below, you can see a tweet from PlayStation Game Size earlier today on December 21. According to the account, which trawls the PlayStation database for new uploads from publishers before they go live, the file size of Horizon Forbidden West stands at roughly 96GB in total, prior to any potential day one patch being involved.

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However, as the Twitter account notes, there's a fair bit of leeway in the database entries. For example, it's not uncommon for games on PS4 and PS5 to be up to 20GB bigger than they are on the backend database, so Horizon Forbidden West could well end up being north of 110GB, if it is significantly bigger on PS5 than it is on the database.

Elsewhere, the database apparently reveals when pre-loads go live for certain games. In this case, as PlayStation Game Size points out through the tweet, Horizon Forbidden West's pre-load period will apparently commence on February 11, giving users roughly a week to install the game before it launches. Given its fairly gargantuan file size, this is surely a big relief for many PlayStation users out there.

Horizon Forbidden West looks like it's shaping up to be one of 2022's greatest PS5 exclusives when it launches on February 18. Guerrilla Games' sequel is launching into an absolutely stacked month, mind you, comprised of the likes of Sifu, Elden Ring, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, Dying Light 2, and more, but even then, it's certainly one that has the potential to stand out from the crowd.

Check out our full upcoming PS5 games guide for a complete walkthrough of everything PlayStation plans to launch over the next year or so.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.