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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion players report corrupted saves

Manual saves don’t work in one, autosaves don’t work in the other

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Some Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion players say they are getting corrupted-save errors on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game, wiping out hours of progress, and, in some cases, forcing them to start all over.

The problem is especially severe for Watch Dogs: Legion, which maintains only a single campaign playthrough — that is, no manual saving, and no multiple game saves from earlier points. A thread on Ubisoft’s official forums for Legion has several players describing lost progress, with community managers acknowledging that developers are looking into the problem.

There seems to be no consistent trigger event for the disruption to the Watch Dogs: Legion save file. Some report that it has happened to them from the point they switched to a new team member. Others said they think cycling to another team member starts the save process.

One player wondered if playing the game on permadeath mode had anything to do with it. I have played a few hours of Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox Series X since it launched, with a permadeath game save brought over from Xbox One, and had no problems. I even did the, er, save-scum thing of quitting to the dashboard when an operative was about to get killed, and had no problems starting over, completing a mission, and having the data saved from points forward.

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which maintains more than one manual save along with autosaves, players have reported that their game save menu shows one or more saves to be “data corrupt!” and the only option is to delete it.

The problem appears to be persistent, affecting all manual saves from the point of the glitch forward. A support manager in the Ubisoft forums thread asked a player how much space they had available on their hard drive, but everyone reports plenty (more than 100 GB) of room for such data.

“Manual saves are all corrupt, auto saves are working and quick saves not showing as corrupt,” said one player last week. “So basically have to wait for an auto save before stopping play and hoping for the best.”

We reached out to a Ubisoft representative to ask what’s up, but have yet to hear back.