Well, this isn’t what we wanted to hear. As Yakuza: Like a Dragon confirms that PlayStation 4 save data will not be carried over into the upgraded PlayStation 5 version, Gene Park of The Washington Post has said that this may be the case for many other current-gen titles you’ll be able to get a free upgrade for. He says he has heard “a lot from different devs that PS4 saves won’t work on PS5. Xbox Series X seems to bring your old save files with you.” He then expands: “it’s not strictly about back compat, it’s about PS5 upgrades like Spider-Man: Miles, Yakuza”.
We must clarify that the quote is targeted at PS4 games you will be receiving a free PS5 update for rather than those simply playable through backwards compatibility. This includes the likes of Watch Dogs Legion, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Cyberpunk 2077. If this is proven to be true then it means that we would have to start single player games over again, even if we were halfway through a lengthy campaign. There’s no better example of this than Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The game releases on PS4 just two days before the US launch of the PS5 — are those who choose to buy the current-gen version and then upgrade maybe a few weeks later going to have to start the game all over again? If someone beats the Cyberpunk 2077 campaign on PS4 and then wants to play the DLC on PS5, what happens there? Surely they would need a fully-levelled character and they won’t have access to that.
Again, we must stress that the claim is currently unconfirmed, but after Yakuza: Like a Dragon has announced that will indeed be the case for that particular game, we can’t help but worry a little. Let’s hope Sony has come up with some sort of feature to convert a PS4 save into a PS5 one because this could quickly become a real problem.