The PS5-exclusive expansion is priced at $29.95 and will take players to the game’s version of Los Angeles, now a treacherous archipelago containing new storylines, characters and machines. Players who pre-order the DLC (which is a thing you can do in 2023) will also get a bonus outfit and weapon in the form of the Blacktide Dye Outfit and Blacktide Sharpshot Bow.
Guerrilla has also explained the expansion’s entry requirements, stating that players will need to have finished the game’s main storyline to access the Burning Shores, at which point they’ll receive a call in-game inviting them to the new location.
Recently, Game Director, Mathijs de Jonge explained why the Burning Shores DLC is coming to PS5 only, despite the base game being available on PS4.
“One of our key priorities with Horizon games is to add a ton of detail and richness to our environments. On Horizon Forbidden West, everything we added or increased was something we’d need to have a plan around how to optimize for PS4 as well. On Burning Shores, since we can just focus on PS5, we’ve been able to charge forward and we’re really excited about what we’ve been able to pull off in creating this stunning post-post-apocalyptic version of Los Angeles.”
The cityscape ruins of LA and its surroundings are highly detailed and require a lot of processing power as well as fast streaming technology to run properly; especially when the player is flying over the lands and can see a lot at once. One of the settlements is situated in and around those detailed ruins, and we were able to squeeze a lot of activity in there.
Another notable one is a particular battle scene that requires a LOT of memory and processing power! To achieve this grand vision both technically and creatively, we definitely were thankful for the many advantages that the PS5 hardware brings.”
Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores is coming to PS5 on April 19th, 2023.