Ubisoft Surprise Dropped A List of PS4 Games That Won’t Work on PS5

Apparently Sony wasn't the only one with an announcement.

Earlier this month, Sony released a list of ten PlayStation 4 games that wouldn’t be playable on the PS5 when it launches next month. The ten games in question weren’t that high profile, and as much of a shame as it is that some games weren’t going to be making the jump to next-gen, it seemed like most of them would’ve gone under the radar. But thanks to a new update from Ubisoft, it seems like we might be hearing about more PS4 games that won’t work on PlayStation 5 as we get closer to the November 12 launch.

In an update on cross-progression and cross-play on the Ubisoft Connect website, the company confirmed the following PS4 games won’t run on a PlayStation 5, and they bring the list of ten games to 18.

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Russia
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack (which contains India, China, and Russia)
  • Risk
  • Star Trek Bridge Crew
  • Werewolves Within
  • Space Junkies

The Assassin’s Creed series is taking the biggest hit here, as not only is the entire Chronicles trilogy not coming along for the PlayStation 5 ride, but Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, a mainline game in the long-running series, is also not going to be playable on the new console. Ubisoft didn’t give any specific reason for these exclusions, and there doesn’t really seem to be a throughline between the rest of them either. Granted, that was also the case with the original ten Sony announced at the beginning of the month.

In other news:

Along with Ubisoft’s list of games, the following PS4 games won’t work on a PS5:

  • DWVR
  • 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
  • Shadwen
  • Joe’s Diner

The more troubling implication here is that since Ubisoft made its own announcement about games you can’t play on PS5, companies other than Sony may still have some other incompatible games to announce in the coming weeks. The PlayStation 5 is less than two weeks away right now, and bad news for console launches tends to be back loaded as we get closer to the actual release date. Right now, I personally shrug at most of these games because they’re not ones I had any intention of playing again or trying out. But might there be a time where a game I’m invested in shows up on one of these lists? I certainly hope not.

All-in-all, Sony hasn’t been as consistent when it comes to backwards compatibility as Microsoft, as the Xbox Series X/S will be able to play games going back through the entire Xbox brand’s lifetime, with the exception of games that require a Kinect sensor. Backwards compatibility for the Xbox One came a couple years into the system’s lifetime, however, so some of these games that are being left behind might get updated or patched to work on the PlayStation 5 in the future. While Sony’s not said this is in the works, it is a possibility worth noting.