We're now less than two weeks out from the launch of the PlayStation 5, but we're still learning new information about its capabilities and, it seems, what will and won't be backward compatible on it. While Sony says most of the games released for PS4 will run just fine on its new console, Ubisoft has volunteered a new list of its titles that it says won't run on PS5, but will on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
2015's Assassin's Creed Syndicate leads Ubisoft's short list of incompatible games, as spotted by VG247. Every other Ubisoft release from the PS4 generation "will be backward compatible," the publisher says. A few other Assassin's Creed releases are also on the no-go list:
- 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
- Star Trek Bridge Crew
- Werewolves Within
- Space Junkies
On the support page where Ubisoft goes over its next-gen compatibility details and lists the above games, no explanation is given for why the titles listed above are exempt from backward compatibility. None of the titles on Ubisoft's list appear on the list of incompatible games released by Sony earlier this month, nor has Sony updated its list to reflect Ubisoft's information.
In late August, Ubisoft had to retract a claim it made about the PS5's backward compatibility, having originally said that it "will not be possible" for the PS5 to play PS3, PS2, or PS1 games. While Sony certainly hasn't discussed backward compatibility plans for those earlier consoles and only supports PS4 with hardware-specialized backward compatibility, the notion that compatibility with older consoles is impossible or entirely out of the question is suspect—so, it may also be worth taking this Ubisoft list with a grain of salt.
Still, despite Sony's promise that the "overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5," folks interested in preserving their current-gen collection shouldn't be quick to get rid of their PS4. Sony's official support page includes a disclaimer saying that the list of incompatible games is subject to change, and there's a fair chance that we'll find more discrepancies or even PS4 titles that don't quite work as-intended on PS5 once the console is out in the wild.
In the meantime, some quick Googling or a search through USgamer's news archives might tell you whether or not your favorite recent games of this generation are confirmed for backward compatibility or next-gen upgrades. Some games are sticking with backward compatibility (such as Star Wars: Squadrons), others are set to get next-gen upgrades down the line (like Destiny 2 and Mortal Kombat 11), and some will have brand new next-gen features added right at launch (No Man's Sky, Borderlands 3).