April Fools? Square Enix investigating save-corrupting Thief bug

Users report that their Thief save files were being wiped on April 1.

Users have reported that attempting to play Eidos Montreal's recent Thief reboot yesterday--on April Fools' Day--caused the game to mess with their save files.

GameInformer reports that manual saves were vanishing, and that older saves were wiped of some data, notably side quests. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions were said to be affected, and those running on Windows 7 were able to fix the game by setting the clock to April 8.

There have also been numerous forum posts by affected PC users on the Thief Steam forum complaining about their saves being corrupted.

Square Enix confirmed that it was aware of the issue. "We're aware of an issue that seems to be affecting some Thief players, preventing them from completing some levels,” said a company representative in a statement.

The error is highly unlikely to be an intentional April Fool's gag on the part of publisher Square Enix or Eidos Montreal.

“We're taking this very seriously--as a first step we're reading as many reports of the issue as possible, working to replicate it internally, so that we can understand what's causing it. We're sorry for any disruption to your game today, and we'll update you as soon as we have more information," concluded Square Enix's official response.

GameSpot has contacted Square Enix for more information.

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burnettaj
burnettaj

I'm having this issue right now. Cannot keep playing this over and over to end up back to square one of the level. Hope they correct this soon. 

swantn5
swantn5

Fucking Hackers i bet -.- seriously why cant they hack something better like the CIA

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

I'm trying to finish this game, huge fan of the original so obviously started a game in custom difficulty with no focus, etc. but the LOADING is so DAMN annoying! :(

In a world with Skyrim/Batman/inFamous, they cannot excuse the teeny "stages" that you have to roam through. It's a real buzzkill and completely destroys immersion.

ellync
ellync

My game is stuck on a replay of Chapter 3. It appears as though there is an issue between the auto save and manual save. When I ask it to load last saved game it sends me back to the beginning of the chapter. I completed it and this happened. I was not given credit for the play. At the completed screen i was never sent back to the clock tower. Please patch this so I can continue my quest for collectables.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

The April Fool's joke is how much of a joke this game is calling itself a Thief game.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

This happened to me when a played right after it was released.  The save system definitely uses system time somehow,  I accidentally changed the date/time and was unable to load a saved game, until I set it back.

EverestMan
EverestMan

This really chaps my ass as the game is actually really fun and you can tell the dev team had a reverence for the series. This will keep people away that may have been apt to try it, and that sucks as it deserves a much fairer shake than most reviews are giving it credit for.

breathnac
breathnac

somebody stole the save files...

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

SE just got April fooled..... or was it us??

matea88
matea88

Sheeps. Sheeps everywhere. The moment this came out and somebody didn't liked it, all those new generation tards came out like being big Thief players, and be hating on this game. Now go back to your hole maggots.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

I bought it a couple weeks ago but haven't even taken the shrink wrap off it yet so hopefully by the time i start playing it there will be a patch.  But judging by the comments maybe I should return it?    

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

does anyone still care about this game? or the franchise for that matter? they butchered everything this series stood for and paid the price. i don't think it will be a commercial success nor have a fighting chance at getting a sequel. hopefully lessons will be learned and the developers won't make the same mistake twice. 

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Who's still playing this game anyways?  That's the real problem.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Maybe Garrett is stealing the save files.  He is a master Thief, after all. :P

catsimboy
catsimboy

It's the ghost of the earlier Thief games getting it's revenge on the disgraceful reboot.

Leria
Leria

@swantn5  

I doubt this was hackers. It sounds more like some bug in the game got through playtesting (yes, with date enabled games, sometimes changes in the date can cause issues).

Saw a bug like this in Arkham City that I reported and that was fixed.

Leria
Leria

@Daemoroth  

Yeah, stages in a game should go the way of the dodo. There is enough graphics and processor oomph on even casual gaming machines to have the 'rich progressive world' (where you walk and the game constantly loads the rest of the world) enabled.

bigbadbill68
bigbadbill68

Same thing is happening with me same chapter.

After I complete it I'm taken back to the start of chapter 3 and have none of my progress saved either. Nightmare please fix this !!!

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@EverestMan To me it comes across as a game where the devs wanted to stay true to its roots, but the publisher forced them to dumb it down and make it more accessible to appeal to a larger market.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

@matea88 @matea88 You're talking down to people while calling them "sheeps"? Haha, the game sucks and is ridiculously easy. It's a disgrace to the Thief series, just like Absolution is to Hitman, just like Blacklist is to Splinter Cell. *sigh* people lap this shit up now because they haven't played an actually good game from any of these franchises.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Dawg9000 @matea88Try turning off all the assists and enabling slow movement.  Not so easy then because the game was obviously not designed to be played with those settings.  For example, you are forced to run away from the dogs while moving slowly.  Basically, you have to continually swoop, swoop, swoop along the ground like a 5 year old playing super hero.  Definitely not up to par with the original Thief masterpieces.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@ahmad996 @Tomcat2007  haven't started it yet that's why i was wondering if it's even worth keeping. i haven't had time to even open it yet

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@xsonicchaos @Tigerbite2 Personally, no.  But there is definitely a problem when people are playing this terrible game so far after it's initial release.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@SingletreeAve @Daemoroth @EverestMan  That is a fair point though, I did look at slowed movement but thought that it might interfere with some planned scenes so skipped over it. Wouldn't mind the ability to change those setting in the clocktower, between missions?

My personal biggest gripe with the game is the constant loading, if I reach 3 loading screens before actually getting to the objective I usually quit and play something else/watch TV, it's just ridiculously retarded that a modern game has such small stages.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Daemoroth @SingletreeAve@EverestManYep.  I pretty much tweaked all the settings to make it more like retro Thief.  Unfortunately, some of them, like slowed movement, do not play well with the elements added for mass appeal like chase scenes and boss fights. The biggest problem I had with custom settings is that they can't be reconfigured mid-game.  For example, I picked slowed movement thinking it would be more authentic, but it's way too slow and I had no way to change it other than start over.  The game design is also way too restrictive in general.and forces you down certain pathways.  Without free jumping and the ability to shoot a rope arrow into any wood surface it just doesn't have the same feel as the classics.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@Sl4cka It's people like you that don't read that will go out and waste money on this game. ;)

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Tigerbite2 Are people not allowed to purchase and play games after release? Is there a chart detailing on exactly how many months has to pass after release, when the game should no longer be available for purchase?