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The latest Cyberpunk 2077 patch addresses the bug that corrupts saves once the player crafts too many items, yet, it won't be able to recover the save that has been affected.
Dearie me. Cyberpunk 2077, arguably one of the biggest games of the year, has hit the headlines again and again and again, not always for positive reasons. Its third delay afforded the team two weeks to squish the remaining bugs in the game, but it was clear that this wasn't enough time to ensure that the experience on last-gen consoles was enjoyable.
Players complained about cars that would catapult into the air, missing faces, T-posing NPCs, unreliable underwear, invisible guns, and crashes that would erase hours of progress on their playthrough. Eventually, it transpired that CD Projekt Red had assured that Cyberpunk 2077 would be in a playable state to Sony and Microsoft, but ultimately hadn't delivered on that guarantee.
"After three delays, we as the Management Board were too focused on releasing the game. We underestimated the scale and complexity of the issues; we ignored the signals about the need for additional time to refine the game on the base last-gen consoles," explained the company in an investor call. "It was the wrong approach and against our business philosophy." Though console players are able to refund their digital copy of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red stated that it would "appreciate it if [the players] gave us a chance" to rectify the plethora of issues with timely patches.
Unfortunately, it looks like it's one step forward and two steps backwards in this regard. The latest patch has exterminated the bug that corrupts saves if there are too many items in the player's inventory, or more specifically, if the save file itself surpasses 8 MB in size. However, the saves that have been subject to corruption are irrevocably lost, and there's nothing to be done there. To be fair, the company explained that this would be the case when the bug was reported earlier this week: "the save file size limit might be increased in one of the future patches, but the corrupted files will remain that way."
Though it is frustrating to start a new save, especially if you were nearing the finale of the game, there is a silver lining knowing that this corruption won't be encountered again. In other news, it's possible that CD Projekt Red will be mired in some tricky legal action, owing to the claims of a number of disgruntled investors.