Next-gen upgrades may not allow save importing

Thursday, 26th September 2013 00:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Three major publishers have warned that taking advantage of next-gen upgrade options, which allow you to grab a PS4 or Xbox One version of a current-gen game at minimal cost, may not mean you can bring your single-player progress with you.

Speaking with Kotaku, EA and Activision representatives confirmed that single-player save progress won’t be carried over if you upgrade games like Call of Duty: Ghosts from one platform to another.

Ubisoft also confirmed that Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s campaign progress won’t transfer, although it didn’t have comment on Watch Dogs.

Multiplayer progress will be carried over for some titles, notably Call of Duty: Ghosts. Lots of FIFA 14 progress will carry over.

Platform holders, publishers and retailers have presented several upgrade options for those happy to fork out $10 to get a second copy of the game for a new console. Here’s Sony’s, Microsoft’s, and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Amazon’s offering the scheme for Need for Speed: Rivals, and FIFA 14 upgrades are available through multiple sources. Battlefield 4 is going to ship with an upgrade code in-box.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. sleaker

    Cause developers are too lazy to promote upgrading their products for additional $$? Come on guys this is the digital era, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t either A) use the same save format or B) write a method to import it.

    Unacceptable, pure and simple.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Pytox

    so much for next gen …

    #2 1 year ago
  3. torjs99

    what’s more worrying is lack of ps4/xboner footage of these titles.

    expect them to look exactly the same as current gen.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    This is a deal breaker for me. Why would you invest many hours into a game only to have to start again?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. CyberMarco

    @5 “first they force you to use your disc from ps3/x360 on your ps4/xbone. only then you will be able to use the digital copy of the game that you did get, by using their digital transfer”

    They did that to prevent users from selling their PS3 copy. e.g. You buy your PS3 copy of BF4 for 60$ and then you use the voucher code to unlock the digital version of BF4 for PS4 by paying 10$. If that system wansn’t implemented you could easily sell your PS3 copy for 30-40$ and basically getting BF4 for 30-40$.

    Use your brain!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Fin


    Why would you buy the same game for two different consoles? I can see it for MP-based games (FIFA, BF, CoD), but why would you buy a singleplayer game on both consoles?

    I don’t understand why people thought it would work. Online profiles, yeah sure. But the offline-stored saved games? The filesystem and encryption are probably changing with NG.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. CyberMarco

    @7 Well, I think you feel too entitled to understand. If you want to keep both games, buy both games separately, a physical copy for PS3 (60$) and a physical copy for PS4 (60$).

    What publishers did is to offer you a limited-time promotion to have access to the PS4 version for 10$. I don’t see what’s “totally bs” in that.

    Also the promotion is targeting people who are going to buy BF4 on day-1 for PS3 and also buying a PS4 in its first 2-3 months of availability. It’s not meant to last forever.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Ekona

    Surely the sensible thing to do is just to wait until the next-gen version is released, and buy that? That’s my plan anyway, I can’t see why I’d want to pay full price for a game that *should* look better on my shiny new console that’s being released a month later.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Fin



    #9 1 year ago
  10. nadc

    @10 and 11 Spot on. They could write a importer easily but do not want to do it for free and handle the support costs.

    The publishers just want an extra £10 from the consumer.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. viralshag

    The only cross-gen games I would consider getting now is FIFA and maybe BF4. Basically the ones where retialers are offering cheap upgrades to the next gen versions.

    #11 1 year ago

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