Watch Dogs: Legion appears to be having some pretty major save issues on PC. Players are complaining of various problems surrounding save files including corrupted saves and progress being reset after the game crashes.
What's going on with Watch Dogs: Legion PC saves?
This issue has been reported by a number of Watch Dogs: Legion players. On the official Ubisoft forums, user MoMoMichi46 complains of their save being reset, "everything to zero just like starting a new game". Over on the official Watch Dogs subreddit, players are reporting loss of progress with clockwork regularity, along with other issues that may be arising as a result of save files getting corrupted.
Ubisoft forum user PhilixDetroe offers an explanation as to why this might be happening. The explanation is rather long-winded and technical, but it essentially boils down to an issue with multi-threaded CPUs attempting to save on separate files simultaneously. One save overwrites the other save and corrupts it in the process, thus rendering the save file unusable. PhilixDetroe's example shows "between two and three threads" all attempting to save at once, thus causing a conflict and corrupting the save.
What should I do if I'm playing Watch Dogs: Legion right now?
Unfortunately, there's no fix forthcoming from Ubisoft at time of writing. PhilixDetroe's forum post is dated four days ago, so the issue has been occurring for at least four days without any intervention from the developers. Reddit user Natanaeltedja suggests that one way to fix the issue is to force Watch Dogs: Legion to use just one core in a multi-thread CPU. Here's how you can do that. First, open Task Manager. Head to the Details panel and find the Watch Dogs: Legion process. Right click that process, then click Set Affinity. Choose any core from your CPU besides Core 0, restart the game, and try saving.
The only other solution that Natanaeltedja says might work is to disable the Ubisoft cloud service and start Ubisoft Connect in offline mode. Doing this will disable autosaves uploading to the cloud and should also make the saving process shorter. We'll bring you more on this - including any official updates from Ubisoft - as soon as we get it. Until then, be careful in London.
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