To update: James Stevenson, Community Director of Insomniac Games, has now stated that at least in the case of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, your PS4 save will move to the PS5 if you use the title’s free next-gen upgrade. This situation seems to indicate that cross-save was not mandated by Sony. As a result, some developers may choose not to support the feature. We’ll keep updating this article as we learn more.
Original story: Well, we didn’t want to hear that. How Yakuza: Like a dragon confirms that PlayStation 4 backup data will not be transferred to the updated PlayStation 5 version. Washington Post̵
We need to make it clear that the quote is aimed at PS4 games that you get a free PS5 update for, rather than those that are simply playable through backward compatibility. These include Watch Dogs Legion, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Cyberpunk 2077, among others. If this turns out to be true, it means we would have to restart single player games even if we were halfway through a long campaign. There is 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 – those who choose to purchase the current version and upgrade might have to restart the game a few weeks later? What if someone beats the Cyberpunk 2077 campaign on PS4 and then wants to play the DLC on PS5? Surely they would need a full-fledged character and they will not have access to it.
We have to reiterate that the claim is not currently confirmed, but after Yakuza: Like a Dragon announced that it will indeed be the case for this particular game, we can’t help but worry a little. Let’s hope Sony has come up with a feature to convert PS4 storage to PS5 storage as this can quickly become a real problem.