TLDR: When I try to load an existing save, my base is gone, my items are gone. All I have on me are the items I logged out with, but the game has started over to the initial tutorial. This has happened on different save files. I even started a new game after the 0.3.2 update because I was having trouble loading my existing save. Same issue has happened multiple times. SOMETIMES I can load an older save and everything is fine, but not today for some reason.
First, I just want to say how much I enjoy playing this game. The concept, AMAZING. The game mechanics, AMAZING. The building system, AMAZING. The bugs that I encounter, TERRIFYING. I love it! Let me also acknowledge that I realize this game is in a testing phase and it clearly says on the title screen that the game itself may not work properly at times. That being said, on days that the game doesn't work (which has been most of them) it has been really defeating. Especially as an Xbox player, and we couldn't even use the building menu for a couple weeks.
Currently my issue is that I'm having trouble loading the game from a prior save. When I am finally able to load a game, I find that all of my progress has been reset. The base that I worked on is gone. The items that I have stored, the weapons I've crafted, every minute that I've put into this game, has all been erased and I find myself back at the tutorial. The tree lab is blocked off because apparently I haven't even cleared the path for the lasers yet. This is beyond frustrating. I have been able to load up a save file, losing multiple days of progress mind you, and my base is still intact. I've done this probably about 5-6 times since the patch came out last week. That's fine.... it's whatever... <insert meme of dog saying 'this is fine' in a burning room here>
BUT when I logged on today, none of my previous saves will load my stuff. I'm stuck at the beginning with only the clothes and items on my back. Items can be farmed and replaced. That's fine.... but with my base constantly missing, I'm starting to wonder what's the point. Like many others, I could put the game down for a few months until some of this gets straightened out, come back and enjoy the game in a better state.... but no... I'm not that person. I'm not a content creator looking for views. I'm not a streamer looking to up my viewership by playing the current flavor. Alas, I am but a lowly gamer that uses games to fill that void left behind by depression and anxiety. Some games just scratch that mental illness spectrum "itch." This is how I forge through in a life of misery and mundaneness.... this game has been scratching that itch like no other survival game has done before. I love it.... when it works.
I know this is a small team of 13 people. I've watched some interviews with the dev team on the bright future of this game and have been excited with what is to come. I support the game and check the forums constantly (though today I took the leap in creating a profile) distinguishing myself from a forum creeper to a forum poster... I know you guys are doing your best in these trying times, where the normal workflow of the past takes a backset to the new normal of doing everything from home. However, my only complaint is that I can't play your game.
I know there was a lot of finger pointing going on when us Xbox plebs weren't able to build anything without crashing the game. People were saying, "how hard is it to test the game on xbox before it goes live." I know there was a lot of finger pointing going on when us lowly console players couldn't load prior saves. Again they said, "can't they just test this on xbox at least once before sending out a patch." Yet again, I'm sure that there are other Xbox Andys out there that don't play on PC and are having the same issues as I am after this latest patch. But I'm not going to point a finger, I'm just going to get on my knees and plead with the devs to make this game playable.
I don't know how to code. I don't know how to make games. I don't have any idea of the red tape that has to be dealt with on a regular basis in creating a game. But what I do know, is what it's like to have a short attention span. And I gotta admit, I'm losing a bit of patience with this game.
This isn't a rant about how Obsidian needs to be doing this or that, pointing fingers, passing blame, or even just criticizing the group in general. This is just me, a lowly gamer with zero clout, asking the devs to make this game playable. Would I love new content? YES! EVERYTHING that has been added to the game thus far has been amazing. The hedge lab was awesome, lots of fun fighting my way through there. The zip lines are BAD ASS. PERIOD. Where you're taking this game is going to be outrageous and there's no doubt that on full release this will be a top game on Steam with tons of streamers/creators playing it and making great content.
However, until that time... I just want to play. I want to enjoy the experience that you're cultivating. Unfortunately, I feel like us Xbox players have absolutely been getting the shaft after every update. One thing is fixed, 2 more are broken. I can't even begin to understand how frustrating that must be for the development team or how much it takes to fix it. I can only talk about my personal experience, and most often I just feel disappointment. I log on with great intentions of building and exploring, only to be met with a long loading screen that times out most often when trying to load my game.
"What would you have us do?" you may ask... Just communicate with us. I get that you have the bugs list up and you let us know what you're currently working on, but there are a lot of us that don't have the game developing knowledge to understand why this keeps happening. If there is some sort of dev-blog out there where you address things like this, I can't find it. When I'm looking through the forums I can't see any replies from devs or mods that lead me to believe anyone is even reading the forums (btw I'm sure you are). It's likely that my longwinded-blowhard message will not be seen by anyone other than another player that read Xbox in my title and is here looking for answers as well.
I'm sure there are reasons for the bugs. I'm sure there are complicated steps when working on multiple platforms that arise, my only question is, WHY. I'm not pointing my finger demanding an answer, I'm quite literally curious as to why it seems that Xbox is left in the mud while PC is enjoying the game at leisure. Maybe that is a biased opinion, but it is what it is.
That being said... I love this game. I want to play this game. I love this team and the concept that they're trying to make a reality. Keep up the good work, and maybe just give us some insight as to what's going on. You're not REQUIRED to do anything if we're being frank, but I'm sure at some point you've been right in my place with some game. Browsing the forums and looking for answers. When you get lost in the workflow of it all, just zoom out for a second and remember what it's like being a player that wants to support a game they love. At this point, with the nonstop bugs for the past month, anyone still playing this game is in your corner. Help us help you. Love you all. Peace.