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Assassin's Creed Syndicate Is Mostly Playable On PS5, Despite Warnings

The 2015 Assassin's Creed game was included on a list of PS4 games that wouldn't play on the PS5.


While the PS5 boasts backwards compatibility for PS4 games, Sony released a short list of PS4 games that wouldn't be compatible with the new console. Ubisoft added its own list of incompatible games, but then later deleted it, leaving gamers wondering if the biggest game on the list, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, was actually PS5 compatible or not.

As it turns out, the answer is… sort of. Kotaku fired up the game on the PS5 to find that it ran fine, but visually was plagued with some highly distracting shadow flickers. Depending on how much patience you have for that kind of thing, the issue may make it unplayable for some, or just minor enough to be ignored.

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Kotaku also reported that the game displayed a little warning message when booted on the PS5, which reads: "You might experience unexpected game behavior while playing this PS4 game on your PS5 console."

The same warning appears on other games that are intended to be fully compatible with the PS5, including Batman: Return To Arkham, as encountered in GameSpot's PS5 review. Return to Arkham also sported a small graphical glitch when played on the PS5, but nothing on the scale of what's happening in Syndicate.

It's likely that some glitchy games will perform better on the PS5 as patches are released, though games like Syndicate may not be in line for a patch due to age and poor sales.

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