There are numerous posts here and elsewhere about difficulties with having lost connection to online services but most users seem to be able to obtain fleeting connections. As a GOG purchaser I have found that the lost connection is permanent as of the time of the partial release (for GOG users) to Next and even open the game several times over last two days just to check the status.
My question is for other GOG users – have you been able to obtain even the fleeting connections to the online services for discoveries?
While the local game copy seems to grant the uploads this is a great annoyance for me because of two things that I have found:
Pre-next update if I had connection to online services and made an upload of any type of pending discoveries the likelihood of an undiscovered fauna species appearing is vastly increased whereas the opposite is the case with connections lost. This was one of the key tricks that I used to greatly increase my rate of 100% completion of fauna discovery.
Since the start they have been problems with credit for discoveries disappearing days after the discovery was uploaded. The worst individual case that I noted was that despite having 100% discovery still listed, one species had gone from reported to not having been reported. While I know that there must be times when I forget to make a final upload when exiting a planet the number of discoveries that have later been removed is too great for that to be my error. The first time that I went back and checked this there were over 150,000 units of discoveries that had to be re-credited. I try to remember to go back to check for this every couple of weeks but without access the the discovery servers I cannot go back very far to re-claim the deleted discoveries.
I do not want to make this a whining and crying topic but simply would like to know the experiences of other GOG users as GOG support could not answer this question and I have also noted a new tone in some of the posts announcing updates. The posts on Twitter announcing these releases are now acknowledging Xbox and PS specifically but also use “main PC” which obviously is Steam since GOG users are still waiting for the full version of Atlas Rising let alone a full version of Next.