Just when you think CD Projekt RED might be starting to get back on top of Cyberpunk 2077, something else goes wrong. The game has had a rough ride on consoles since launching earlier this month. The developer has admitted that the open-world RPG launched in an unacceptable state on PS4 and Xbox One, and has spent the last few days putting out fires involving refunds, unexpected crashes, and other glitches.
That's not to say the PC version of the game is completely free from trouble. While PC is quite clearly the best place to experience Cyberpunk 2077 right now, one of the game's most recently discovered glitches plagues all platforms equally. In short, it seems that crafting too many items can cause your save file to become corrupt, with no way at all to retrieve it.
The issue was first discovered over on Reddit, where users seemed to work out that if your save file grows to over 8M, it will read as corrupt. This mostly seems to be impacting late-game players who had been using an item duplication glitch to make lots of money, however even those who simply crafted a lot of items the normal way have been affected.
In all instances, the people hit with corrupt saves are ones who have put dozens of hours into Cyberpunk 2077 already. Needless to say, they're far from happy that all their hard work has been lost. At the time of writing, the official response from CDPR is to... not craft too much. Helpful.
"Unfortunately the save is damaged and can't be recovered," CDPR writes in a troubleshooting FAQ on GOG.com. "Please use an older save file to continue playing and try to keep a lower amount of items and crafting materials. If you have used the item duplication glitch, please load a save file not affected by it. The save file size limit might be increased in one of the future patches, but the corrupted files will remain that way."
With patches and hotfixes already coming thick and fast for Cyberpunk 2077, there's hope that the issue could be resolved sooner rather than later. Some users have even pointed out that it may be possible to reclaim many of the corrupted save files once save game editors become available - although this would only allow PC gamers to delete excess items and restore their saves, leaving console gamers to simply reload a previous save.
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