The folks over at Microsoft have finally nailed down the cause of the save issues plaguing the Xbox Series X/S versions of Baldur’s Gate 3 and are pushing a firmware update to deal with the problem in the coming week. Following a delay rooted in concerns pertaining to technical difficulties and performance parity on the Xbox platform, Larian Studios’ critically acclaimed RPG finally dropped for both Microsoft systems late last year during The Game Awards (where it nabbed the Game of the Year prize, as well as five others).
Since its launch, however, many Xbox users have reported coming face-to-face with a particularly nasty bug that completely erases their save data. Thankfully, this potential disaster looks to be on its way to becoming a worry of the past.
Posting to the official Larian Studios X account yesterday, the team explained that:
“Microsoft have identified the cause of the save bug on Xbox, and will be issuing a firmware update to fix it! You’ll be able to update your console manually on the 16th of January, or wait a week longer for the update to roll out globally.”
Perhaps slightly concerningly, the post goes on to clarify that, “Although we haven’t been able to independently verify this fix, we’re optimistic that Microsoft have gotten to the bottom of it!”
I guess time will tell as to whether the nefarious progress-eradicating bug truly has been squashed for good or not. Microsoft had previously offered multiple possible workarounds for those affected by the save issue. The Xbox Support X account suggested:
“In order to avoid this issue players should save their game and then return to the Xbox dashboard and select ‘Quit Game’ or ‘Save to Quick Resume’ from the game menu (Home, Game, Select, and then choose ‘Save to Quick Resume’ or ‘Quit’) when they finish playing. Users should not disconnect their console from the power. Users should select ‘shut down’ from the console menu and leave their Xbox connected to power.”
The physical copy of the Xbox release, launching sometime early this year, should not contain this problem, according to Larian Director of Publishing Michael Douse.
Meanwhile, Baldur’s Gate 3 has also recently received its sixteenth overall hotfix update – adding various quality of life updates such as Waypoint categories and making access to quest-related items much easier, alongside addressing a handful of visual bugs like low-resolution textures becoming more prevalent in longer play sessions. For more details, check out the full patch notes on Steam.
Source: Larian Studios
Written by Ryan Pretorius