"Horizon Call of the Mountain" for PSVR2 is a full-price title - and that's probably good news
Horizon Call of the Mountain is Sony's flagship title for Playstation VR 2, and the VR game's full price stokes expectations.
Horizon Call of the Mountain has been available for pre-order in the Playstation Store since yesterday. The price: $59.99. That's quite the announcement in times when the most expensive VR games cost $20 to $30, with games like Bonelab (review) and Half-Life: Alyx as rare exceptions. The PSVR2 titles listed in the Playstation Store so far cost between 25 and 40 euros. Again, there are a few exceptions, including Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge for $50 and Hitman 3 rivaling Horizon's $59.99.
Sony's full price for Horizon Call of the Mountain gives us hope that Guerrilla Games and Firesprite have a hit on their hands that will impress in terms of production quality, gameplay depth, and playing time, and encourage PS5 owners to buy the Playstation VR 2 despite the headset's high price.
Horizon Call of the Mountain will be a real game and not just another VR experience
In the VR spin-off of the successful open-world game series, you slip into the sandals of Ryas, a former Shadow Carja warrior. In the role of the masterful climber and archer, you'll climb mountains and take down formidable enemies like the Thunder Jaw, master various tools and weapons, and use materials you find to craft better equipment. Along the way, you'll meet new and old Horizon characters, including Aloy herself.
In the first previews of the Playstation VR 2, in which the gaming press could also play Horizon Call of the Mountain, the VR title left a mixed impression. Impressive graphics alternated with solid, but well-known VR game mechanics and battles that severely limited the action radius.
Horizon Call of the Mountain will not be an open-world game, unlike its 2D predecessors. Sony stated the playing time at six to seven hours. Horizon Call of the Mountain doesn't seem to be a tech demo. For a full-price title, however, this gameplay time still seems meager.
PSVR 2: Sony expects strong demand
Sony reportedly wants to produce two million units of the Playstation VR 2 by the launch at the end of February. That would indicate confidence about demand: The first Playstation VR took more than a year to sell two million units and more than three years to sell five million units - despite a cheaper price, larger console install base, and a friendlier economic climate.