Cross-compatability and free PS5 game upgrades have been a big talking point for both new consoles. But one of the negatives to come out of this has been the inability for a save to transfer between this generation and the next. We’ve seen it with Dirt 5 and Yakuza 7, but now FIFA 21 is also getting affected. You see, even though technically your save will transfer between the two, some of your progress is console specific.
So, it’ll be stuck in the past whilst your shooting for the future.
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EA has detailed the limitations specifically, and firstly tell us that your FIFA 21 Ultimate Team progression will be protected. However, practically everything else (co-op play, career mode and Pro Clubs) will be left behind when you make the jump. Whether the free game upgrade makes up for this annoyance is questionable. But I can’t say I’m surprised that they’ve managed to safeguard the premium aspect of the game.
Okay, I know – Ultimate Team is probably saved online/on their servers, and as such can be easily carried forward. But you know what I mean; they’re still protecting their profit making mechanic as to avoid a revolt.
Anyway, they said:
“If you purchase FIFA 21 for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to upgrade your copy once you have the corresponding next generation console (PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X) at no extra cost by downloading it to your console up until the launch of FIFA 22.
“All progress you make or content you acquire within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team (including players, items, coins, FIFA Points, match record, and leaderboard placement), as well as all progression in VOLTA FOOTBALL will transfer from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 and back, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X and back.
“Progress within all other modes including Online Seasons, Co-Op Seasons, Career Mode, Pro Clubs, etc. will be specific to the console you are playing on and won’t transfer between consoles.”
It isn’t all doom and gloom because we have heard of games allowing for saves to transfer forward. It just seems as though they’re in the minority – and hopefully, just for now. But it’s hard to see why developers/publishers would be so against it – surely, it will help them sell more copies in the longterm?