Yakuza: Like a Dragon finally received a release date for PS5 in March 2021, with developer RGG Studio also confirming a free cross-gen upgrade for all players. The big catch is that on Sony’s consoles your saves won’t be able to follow you across generations.
RGG Studio confirmed on Twitter that both digital and physical versions of Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be able to be upgraded to their respective next-gen versions for free, after a bit of confusion over whether it would be exclusive to just digital copies. It did, however, also confirm that any progress you make on PS4 will not be compatible with the PS5 version, forcing you to restart.
This is an identical situation to one of Sony’s first-party titles, Spider-Man: Miles Morales. After it was confirmed that the standalone adventure would be coming to PS4 alongside the PS5 version, Sony confirmed that the free next-gen upgrade would also not allow you to transfer your saves. Sony also later confirmed that owners of the original Spider-Man on PS4 will not get the PS5 remaster for free.
There’s a bit of confusion surrounding save game compatibility with regards to the PS5, something Microsoft has made much clearer with its own transition to the Xbox Series X/S. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is one of many games supporting Microsoft’s Smart Delivery program which, alongside free next-gen upgrades, means that your saves will transfer from the Xbox One to both Series X and S.
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