The next installment in the Tales franchise, Tales of the Ascension, will hit the market sometime this year. If you are not aware, there is a free upgrade for this game. Players can upgrade from the PlayStation 4 version of this game to the PlayStation 5. Unfortunately, this upgrade route has a downside. It looks like players won't find that their save progress won't carry over.
We learned about it from the official Tales of the Ascension website via Bandai Namco's digital storefront. The alert states that PlayStation 4 versions of the game will be upgraded to PlayStation 5 at no additional cost. As with other free PS5 upgrades, players can insert their PlayStation 4 disc into the PlayStation 5. From there, you will receive a free digital download for the PlayStation 5 version of Tales of the Ascension. If you own a digital edition of the PlayStation 5, you can still upgrade. Players will need to visit the game's hub from the PlayStation Store and select the upgrade offer.
Tales of Arise offers fans the opportunity to experience the game on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 at no additional cost.
To upgrade your physical copy of Tales of Arise on PS4 to the PS5 digital version of Tales of Arise, you will need a PS5 console with a disc drive. PS4 discs cannot be used with the PlayStation®5 Digital Edition. Visit PlayStation.com/support for details.
Tales of Arise save data created on the PS4 or PS5 versions of the game is not compatible.
As mentioned, the upgrade is available, but saved data will not carry over. Still, it's nice to see more games getting the free PlayStation 5 upgrade, which should hopefully flesh out your PS5 catalog. Also, the upgrade may entice gamers to try out the game with the latest hardware. Although I can imagine there might be some frustration if you want to upgrade midway through the campaign.
Likewise, we recently discovered that Tales of the Ascension will have a random item when crafted. So not only can you not bring your save data, but getting the specific item and stats you had from the PlayStation 4 version of the game could become a hassle. Currently, Tales of the Ascension will release on September 10, 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC platforms.