Infamous Baldur's Gate 3 Xbox save bug gets new workaround fix from Larian: "We’re doing everything we can to ensure this problem ... is resolved as quickly as possible"

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What you need to know

  • Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian Studios has come up with a new workaround for Xbox players affected by the game's infamous save deletion bug.
  • This workaround involves creating an account on Larian's website, turning on cross-save in Baldur's Gate 3, and linking your Xbox account with your Larian one so that your last five saves are stored on Larian's servers. You can then retrieve them if the bug causes your existing saves to disappear.
  • Since the game's surprise release on Xbox on December 7, many Baldur's Gate 3 players on the console have been affected by this issue despite repeated attempts by Larian and Microsoft to fix it.
  • A proper fix for the bug is in the works, and Larian has confirmed that the process of using this workaround will be made "more fluid" soon. Additionally, you'll also be able to store more of your saves in the cloud in the near future.

One of the biggest gaming surprises this holiday season was Baldur's Gate 3's shadow drop on Xbox Series X|S after its Game of the Year win at The Game Awards in early December. But while tons of players have had a blast with the critically acclaimed RPG since then, some have also been affected by a save bug that's grown rather infamous in recent weeks. 

The bug, which developer Larian Studios says is due to a firmware issue that can prevent the completion of game saves, has caused many fans to lose Baldur's Gate 3 progress. Some have even lost entire 80-hour playthroughs to the issue despite following advice from both Larian and Microsoft on how to avoid it, leading to growing player frustration.

A solution for the problem is being looked into and developed, but since it's the holidays, "everyone is working at lower capacity" and a proper fix might not come for some time. However, Larian is now offering a new temporary workaround through its cross-save system that should allow you to recover saves that you lose.

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First, you'll need to create an account on Larian's official website. Then, in Baldur's Gate 3, enable cross-save in the Gameplay settings in the Options menu, and link your Xbox account with your Larian one when prompted (this can also be done in your account settings on Larian's website). Once this is done, the game will keep your five most recent saves uploaded to Larian's servers, provided you don't close Baldur's Gate 3 until you see the "Syncing cloud save" message go away. Then, if the bug occurs, you can reactivate cross-saves in the settings and get access to your saves back.

Notably, the studio says this process will be made "more fluid" soon, and that it will "extend the number of save games that get uploaded in the coming days." Until then, though, you'll only be able to keep five saves backed up on the cloud.

To try and prevent the issue from occurring in the first place, we recommend making sure you fully close Baldur's Gate 3 once you're done playing it and don't leave it open in Quick Resume. Also, turning off auto-saves and limiting the number of quick saves you can have to five can help as well, both of which are options you can change in the Gameplay menu. 

Additionally, you should make sure your game is fully up-to-date, as Larian put out an update on December 11 that was intended to help squash this bug. Though the problem has continued to happen after this patch, it certainly can't hurt to download it and reduce the chance that it'll affect your game.

Despite multiple past attempts to resolve the issue, the Baldur's Gate 3 save bug on Xbox is unfortunately still a problem. (Image credit: Larian Studios)

It's great to see the developers offer a seemingly concrete workaround for this issue, though it's frustrating that it still hasn't been resolved in the weeks following Baldur's Gate 3's release on Xbox. Thankfully, both Larian and Microsoft are working hard on a full fix, so hopefully we'll see one come sooner rather than later.

"We completely understand that losing progress is frustrating, and unacceptable," wrote Larian in its post about the workaround. "We’re doing everything we can to ensure this problem — which we understand is unique — is resolved as quickly as possible, and we’ll keep you up to date with progress."

Baldur's Gate 3 is undoubtedly one of the best PC games of 2023, and also one of the best Xbox games now that it finally came to Microsoft's console following a delay caused by issues with split screen co-op on Xbox Series S (the feature was removed from the Series S version of the game). It's an incredible D&D RPG with some of the deepest and richest writing, worldbuilding, roleplaying, and turn-based combat I've ever seen, complete with gorgeous visuals and stellar music and audio. It's on sale for 10% off right now on GOG and Steam, though only for another two days.

Baldur's Gate 3 | $59.99now $53.99 at GOG

Baldur's Gate 3 | was $59.99 now $53.99 at GOG

Larian Studios' gargantuan D&D CRPG is one of the biggest triumphs in gaming history, so it's no wonder that it won Game of the Year and five other titles at The Game Awards. For fans of the genre or tabletop roleplaying, it's an absolute must-play.

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Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.