Some Elden Ring PC players are losing hours of progress due to save issue

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What you need to know

  • Elden Ring is now available worldwide.
  • Some players on PC are reporting issues with Steam Cloud saves backing up properly.
  • Bandai Namco is recommending players back save ups externally and carefully check the dates on save files if the issue occurs.

Elden Ring is now available worldwide, bringing an open world experience for newcomers and veterans of past FromSoftware titles alike. Unfortunately, some PC players are running into an issue with Steam Cloud saves.

Numerous Elden Ring players on PC are reporting issues with Steam Cloud saves not backing up properly. When prompted to choose between the latest Cloud data or local data, players are being sent back to a point a few hours before they last played. Bandai Namco has acknowledged the issue and is currently investigating the problem.

If you run into this issue while playing, Bandai Namco is recommending that players very carefully check the dates on both the cloud save and the local save when being asked to choose. The publisher also recommends that if possible, players should back up their local saves to another external source while this issue persists.

Elden Ring has seen critical acclaim so far outside of the reported issues, with our own review stating that "FromSoftware has poetically fashioned a gorgeously haunting universe that begs to be explored. It's a quintessential action RPG and an obvious contender for game of the year."

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

1 Comment
  • I play the PC version strictly offline, and I've never once had a save issue. Even if the game happens to crash and shut down on its own, somehow I always restart exactly where I was.