Yesterday, I wrote a post about Sega’s upcoming game, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, getting its release date bumped ahead and ultimately will coincide with the Xbox series X and S launch date. Thus, making it a delightful piece of news for Xbox gamers who are planning to receive their next-gen consoles on the first day.
Unfortunately, the release date of the game for the PlayStation 5 will be next March. But as it turns out that is not the only bad news awaiting us today, based on the recent post from Sega’s RGG Studio Twitter account.
With newer answers, comes more questions!
There isn’t anything good about this situation. So let us begin with the okay news, yay? Since the bad news is genuinely not looking that great for Sony at all.
The okay news is that if you were planning to get the physical edition of Yakuza: Like A Dragon for your PS4, it is possible to upgrade it to the PS5 version as well, just like the digital version. All you have to do is use the original disc to make the upgrade, easy peasy right?
But then it got me thinking, what happens to the people who bought the digital version of the PS5 that doesn’t come with the optical disc drive?! Is there going to be some hidden code on the physical discs of Yakuza: Like A Dragon, that you can use to enter? I highly doubt it so this doesn’t look good at all for Sega and Sony.
Now for the bad news. If you were planning to enjoy Yakuza: Like A Dragon game on your PS4, and then have a smooth transition later to the PS5, you’re out of luck.
PS4 save data is not transferable between the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, which is just horrible.
It does make you wonder why would you even want to play it on the PS4, only to replay the whole game all over again on PS5?
Since the save is not transferable, I’m assuming there will be a new set of trophies for the game on the PS5, which might entice some people to replay it but not all.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon is not the only game with transition issues.
Last week, we learned that the Spider-Man PS4 game wasn’t getting a free upgrade to the PS5 because it wasn’t a standalone game and it comes with its very own set of trophies. And even if you did buy Ultimate Edition of Spider-Man: Miles Morales to get the game, the save data will not carry over from the original game.
However, that isn’t the case for Spider-Man: Miles Morales game since it will allow you to transfer over your save data without any issue, which was confirmed by James Stevenson the Community Director at Insomniac Games.
So to sum it up, Spider-Man: Miles Morales from Insomniac Games can transfer its save data successfully over, but Yakuza: Like A Dragon from Sega can’t. It also makes you wonder how all of the upcoming games like CyberPunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will handle its save data transfer in the future?