Does World War Z: Aftermath Have a Free PS5/Xbox Series Upgrade?

Fans are wondering if they'll be able to experience the enhancements for free.

By Jo Craig

September 20, 2021

Based on the 2013 Paramount Pictures film with Brad Pitt, World War Z: Aftermath is a sequel to Saber Interactive’s 2019 video game adaptation. The source material for the game series and film comes from Max Brooks’ 2006 novel of the same name, where individual stories are conveyed amidst a global zombie pandemic – not too distant from our reality these past two years.

With Aftermath’s release just around the corner, we explore the game’s PS5 and Xbox Series upgrade and whether or not it will be free to indulge in.

World War Z: Aftermath | Gameplay Overview Trailer

World War Z: Aftermath | Gameplay Overview Trailer

Does World War Z: Aftermath Have a Free PS5/Xbox Series Upgrade?

No, the PS5 and Xbox Series World War Z: Aftermath upgrade will not be free for players, but there will be a discounted price for the community.

It was announced by Saber Interactive that the loyal community of World War Z players would be able to purchase and play the Aftermath upgrade, running at 4K with 60-frames-per-second, at the discounted price of $19.99. This offer was also released two days before the launch date, meaning players have the option to enjoy those perks now. Players who don’t already own the game will be able to purchase it for $39.99.

On top of this, Saber Interactive also confirmed that the game will receive more next-gen enhancements in early 2022, which will also welcome a new Horde XL mode. It was then revealed that players who already own Aftermath will be able to upgrade to the next-gen version for free when it releases next year, after the $19.99 backwards compatibility purchase is made when it releases on September 21.

What are the Changes Coming to World War Z: Aftermath?

The expanded sequel of the World War Z series will firstly include all-new maps, including Vatican City and the Kamchatka peninsula – Russia’s snow-covered expanse.

Aftermath will also welcome a host of new characters, a brand-new melee system, fresh zombies for chomping, and even a first-person mode – breaking the mold of its third-person perspective predecessor.

Additionally, when the next-gen enhancements launch next year, Aftermath will retain its 4K at 60 frames-per-second on the PS5, through backwards compatibility.

World War Z: Aftermath releases on September 21, 2021 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with backwards compatibility available for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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Jo Craig

Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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