Codemasters have revealed that save files and game progression in Dirt 5 will not be able to transfer between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game, despite having free upgrades from one generation to the next. By contrast, progress will transfer back and forth generations on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Currently on Xbox, all progress can be carried over between generations. On PlayStation, your Playgrounds creations can be carried over, but other game progress (Career, currency, saved liveries) cannot. If that changes, we'll let you know!
— DIRT (@dirtgame) September 24, 2020
The news follows a similar announcement from the teams behind Yakuza: Like A Dragon and Maneater. There too save files and progress can go between generations on Xbox (where it’s a Smart Delivery title), but for those buying the game on PlayStation 4 and then taking advantage of the free upgrade to PlayStation 5 when it’s available next year, you will not be able to transfer your save and progress across.
There’s some speculation as to why this might be. One theory posited by Eurogamer is that on PlayStation only data stored by developers on their servers can be transferred. That’s true for Dirt 5 with Playgrounds mode creations being stored online, but not for other game progress. We can expect similar cross-gen progression in online games like Destiny 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and others.
However, that won’t be a universal truth, and is still game dependent. FIFA 21’s “Dual Entitlement” upgrade scheme allows FIFA 21 Ultimate Team and Volta Football progression to transfer back and forth, but not Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, and other modes. That’s true on both PlayStation and Xbox.
It’s also somewhat strange when there is clearly the possibility for game saves to carry over when Sony want them to. The Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered release will not allow you to import a save from the PS4 release, but Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will allow you to carry your save across from PS4 to PS5 – though even this sounds like there might be some hoops to jump through.
Microsoft have been quick to jump on the issue with their social media, with Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg saying “At Xbox we put gamers first.”
At Xbox we put gamers first. 💚🙅🏼♂️ https://t.co/5UqDZV8PLx
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) September 30, 2020
That’s not really an apples to apples comparison, though, with Fallout 4 being a backward compatibility title from Xbox One, not a cross-gen title. Smart Delivery games should universally have progress and saves carry between generations, but there’s obviously no guarantees outside that this will apply for non-Smart Delivery.
It’s a curious issue and we’ll be reaching out to publishers and Sony to see what’s going on.