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Ubisoft Confirms Several PS4 Games That Aren't Compatible With PS5

Ubisoft shared today that a handful of its titles will not be compatible with the PlayStation 5, which is set to release in a couple short weeks. These include lower-profile titles like Space Junkies, a VR arcade space shooter, to triple-A fan-favorites in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. There is still a lot of confusion surrounding games which will or will not be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 5 with news on the topic coming out piece by piece over the past few months.

The most recent word from Sony was that only a small percentage of PlayStation 4 games would not work on the PS5. The company even provided a small list of titles that would not be able to make the jump, most of which seemed to be acceptable losses for PlayStation fans. Sony explained the PS5’s selective backwards compatibility by pointing to the next-gen console’s boosted power with which some older titles just would not be able to play nice. However, in contrast, Microsoft’s new systems seem to be having fewer compatibility issues, something made clear in Ubisoft’s post highlighting games that would not work on PlayStation 5, but would on the Xbox Series X/S.

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Today’s news post from Ubisoft details cross-play and cross-progression with Ubisoft connect. Nestled near the end of the article was an asterisk expanding on an earlier point in the text which claimed that most, though not all, of Ubisoft’s current generation titles could be found on the next generation of consoles. The Xbox Series X/S part was easy enough to explain because all Ubisoft’s games would be playable on Microsoft’s systems. However, the company stated that of its PlayStation 4 games, the following would not be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 5: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Russia, Risk, Star Trek Bridge Crew, Werewolves Within, and Space Junkies.

With nine titles, Ubisoft-specific list is nearly as long as the one shared by Sony which was supposed to represent the realities of the PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility limits. Among the games listed, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, which came out in 2015 to find fans fatigued with the franchise’s yearly releases, was getting a bit of a reputation boost among gamers. It is possible that some might have been interested in checking out Victorian London while waiting for more PlayStation 5 titles to drop.

Like a lot of things leading up to the next-gen console launch, the messaging surround the PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility has been confusing. It’s unusual that Ubisoft has taken it upon itself to point out backwards compatibly issues with its games when Sony hasn’t. The conflicting information prompts the question of why these titles weren’t included on the official list and sows some doubt among gamers going into the last stretch before the PlayStation launches November 12.

Source: Ubisoft

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