Players of the PC version of Elden Ring will lose a significant amount of progress due to a Steam Cloud storage issue.
Since yesterday, share players how they encountered an issue where the Steam version of Elden Ring asks players if they want to download their cloud save or upload their local save.
This wouldn’t be a problem, except that cloud saves are often woefully outdated and players who don’t check their data may accidentally download a save from hours or even days earlier and lose their current progress.
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Bandai Namco confirmed the issue in a tweet, saying it is “aware” that some games are not saving correctly to the Steam Cloud.
For now, the company recommends players to read this notification carefully and make sure they choose the latest save status for syncing. The date and time for the cloud files and local files are specified in the Steam notification and players should select the latest one.
Under certain conditions, saved data may not sync properly with the #Steam Cloud in the PC version of ELDEN RING. If you are playing the PC version of the game, please check the link below.
— ELDENRING (@ELDENRING) March 4, 2022
Be warned, it’s not always immediately clear which save is the newest. So check the date and time carefully before either downloading a cloud save or uploading a local save.
You can also back up your local save data elsewhere as overwriting your current save could be permanent.
Online players have said they lost up to 10 hours of progress, which includes multiple boss clears, levels, and gear. In a game like Elden Ring, where each boss is a monumental challenge and the world is so big that recovering items can be a big challenge, 10 hours of progress is a lot.
While IGN has a handy Elden Ring guide that can help you regain lost progress, we don’t want anyone to lose their saves in the first place, so please read the notice carefully if you receive a save sync request on Steam.
Matt TM Kim is the news editor of IGN. you can reach him @lawoftd.
https://www.ign.com/articles/elden-ring-pc-steam-cloud-bug-save-data-loss Elden Ring: PC players are accidentally losing a ton of progress due to Steam Cloud issues