Update October 31, 11:30 AM: Ubisoft has responded to our inquiry, and also taken down the Blog Post on the Ubisoft Connect website that listed the Ubisoft PS4 Games not working on PS5. A spokesperson for Ubisoft sent the following statement
“We have pulled the Ubisoft Connect article and forum post re backwards compatibility for the time being as there may be inaccuracies involving the Ubisoft titles that will be playable on PS5.”
At this point, we don't know which titles will work on PlayStation 5, but presumably, at least some of those titles will work in some form.
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Ubisoft has revealed a list of eight PS4 games that it says won't be compatible with the PS5. This list includes several entries in the Assassin's Creed franchise, one of which was a major triple-A tentpole release for the studio.
Which Ubisoft PS4 games won't work on PS5?
This news comes via an official blog post on the Ubisoft website. The post goes into some detail regarding cross-progression and cross-play on PS5, but also lists PS4 games that will not be compatible with PS5 when the console launches. Ubisoft says that the Xbox One versions of all of these games will be 100% playable on Xbox Series X|S, so it's only PS5 owners that will be affected. Here's the list in full:
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack (Which includes India, China, Russia)
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles India
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles China
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia
- Star Trek Bridge Crew
- Werewolves Within
- Space Junkies
Ubisoft says that all of its Xbox One back catalog will be playable on Xbox Series X|S, with some games featuring cross-progression between consoles within the same family. These games include For Honor, The Division 2, and The Crew 2, as well as the upcoming Just Dance 2021 and the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake. This means you'll be able to continue your game across generations (although, naturally, saves won't be compatible between Sony and Microsoft consoles).
Why aren't these games backward compatible?
Unfortunately, right now, the reasons for these games not being playable on PS5 isn't clear. It could be that these games share something in common that prevents them from being compatible with the PS5's hardware or software. Worth noting is the fact that three of these games - Werewolves Within, Star Trek Bridge Crew, and Space Junkies - are VR titles, so this could have something to do with their lack of PS5 compatibility.
These Ubisoft titles join Sony's already-existing list of ten games that aren't compatible with PS5. Sony does say the list is "subject to change", so this expanded list perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise. Here's the list of games Sony already announced wouldn't be compatible with PS5:
- Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma - Volume One
- TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2
- Just Deal With It!
- Shadow Complex Remastered
- Robinson: The Journey
- We Sing
- Hitman GO: Definitive Edition
- Joe's Diner
We've reached out to Ubisoft and Sony for comment on this story and will bring you more as soon as we get it.
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