Cyberpunk 2077, The new RPG from CD Projekt Red that we called ‘flawed but enjoyable’, has yet another problem in its list of bugs.
Across the weekend, reports have surfaced that players deep into their experience with Cyberpunk 2077 are beginning to have issues with save file becoming corrupt. After players in this near future dystopia banded together on Reddit and the official forums, it appears that anybody who ends up playing Cyberpunk 2077 on PC or Google’s Stadia is at risk of their save files becoming corrupt. After some digging by the community, it appears that PC gamers with save files over 8MB in size are prone to finding their save files are unusable. Loading up anything bigger than 8Mb responds with an error, “saved data is damaged and cannot be loaded”.
The bug, which has not impacted console versions of the title, isn’t likely to trouble players running and gunning their way through the story quest, or indeed trying out a few side gigs. Anybody who has a habit of saving for crafting, which we found to be relatively ineffectual most of the time, and those players filling their boots for future cosmetic changes are definitely going to have to reconsider their choices.
To make matters worse, CD Projekt Red are fully aware of this bug and don’t appear to have a fix as yet, suggesting that
Unfortunately the save is damaged and can’t be recovered.
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.
This is just the latest issue to hit CD Projekt Red after the launch of Cyberpunk 2077. After delays, the controversy over their handling of gender issues on social media and in game, Console Performance problems, and reports of crunch work, it seems like urging players to hold off buying until things are sufficiently patched should possibly be our advice to PC players too now.