Legion Has a Game-Breaking Save File Glitch & Players Are Upset


Players report that Watch Dogs: Legion has a game-breaking bug on PC that’s corrupting save files, thus wiping their progress in the game.

Players have encountered a game-breaking bug in Watch Dogs: Legion that is corrupting save files and causing them to lose their progress. The discovery of this issue comes shortly after players stumbled upon a bizarre character generation mistake, which resulted in the casual, unintentional creation of a sex offender on the streets of London.

One of the most emphasized features of Watch Dogs: Legion is the recruiting system, which allows players to hire any NPCs and turn them into playable characters with unique abilities and stats. Obviously, considering the amount of fictional London citizens roaming the city, it was literally impossible to create each and every one of them by hand. Instead, Ubisoft used an algorithm to randomly generate hundreds of characters and fill their brief backstories. Unfortunately, the unsupervised system resulted in combining two incompatible traits thus creating a pediatrician who had a relationship with a patient, but when it’s working properly, it also fills the game with unique NPCs.

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As if Watch Dogs: Legion wasn’t imperfect enough, the recently discovered issue has a game-breaking potential. According to multiple reports mostly shared by PC players like Reddit user StandsForVice and Ubisoft forum member PhilixDetroe, there’s a critical bug in Watch Dogs: Legion that causes save files to crash regularly until they become completely unplayable. The worst part of it is that there’s no option to save manually in a separate slot. Instead, the game saves automatically at certain points and losing this single available option results in wiping out all of a player’s progress. Players are investigating the reasons behind the issue with some of them pointing at possible ties to multithreading, home menu freezing, or quitting the game manually using a hotkey. Whatever the reason, Ubisoft doesn’t seem to have a working solution right now while players are themselves trying to fix the bug, which forces some of them to search for uncorrupted save files on the Internet.

The issue, which is predominantly being experienced on PC with only occasional reports on consoles, might be viewed as a trade-off of sorts for the overall visual quality available in Watch Dogs: Legion on high-end personal computers. According to a recent graphics comparison between Xbox Series X and a PC equipped with RTX 3080, the most powerful console in the world still struggles to match the realistic picture obtainable on computers. While the difference is not overly dramatic, it is clearly noticeable. On the other hand, console players seem less likely to experience the game-breaking bug.

With the amount of technical issues it’s experiencing, Watch Dogs: Legion might lose its momentum even before it is treated to an anticipated DLC featuring the original game’s protagonist Aiden Pearce. It’s not like the poor state of Legion took everyone by surprise as Ubisoft is somewhat notorious for buggy releases, but game-breaking critical issues are not that common. Watch Dogs: Legion requires a lot of additional work to fix it – otherwise, the title might negatively affect the future of the whole franchise.

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Watch Dogs: Legion is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it will launch on Xbox Series X on November 10, and on PS5 on November 12.

Source: StandsForVice/Reddit, PhilixDetroe/Ubisoft Forums

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Updated: November 4, 2020 — 11:22 pm

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