It seems like HG does not even bother to test their software from old saves.
It’s as if they are stuck in a mentality where like, the first launch did not go good. So with every major update, they are “redoing” the whole game, trying to make sure that new players will like it.
This time with XBOX ONE, they really were worried to make sure they all like it. That’s great.
However they did not seem to give much consideration or testing at all to the existing PS4 and PC players. How much testing did they do on existing saves to make sure they would load properly? I know there’s not that many of us but still, this was an update, not a fresh launch.
Yet they treat us like beta testers basically. They don’t hesitate to wipe out all our character’s items without any forewarning or asking us if that’d be OK. They just assume we’ll take the shaft and like it.
And indeed, many existing players could care less about their old saves, and are happy to start over fresh.
So whenever those of us with long-time saves complain, we get told “get over it, make a new save” or similar by other people on these threads.
Well frankly I’m really upset about losing all my tech upgrades and having to start over. For one thing since I maxed out missions, all the missions I get offered are top-tier difficulty. Yet I cannot even break down a Manufacturing Center’s front door with something that’s no more powerful than the starter multitool. My hazard system lasts all of 30 seconds in a storm, and don’t get me started on pirates. I tried shooting a sentinel walker and it literally did not take ANY damage.
I did not play for 1800 hours so that one day I could download and update and suddenly be weak as a noob again, dying to everything. Hell no.
What game company does this and thinks it will be OK? Seriously. What a jerkwad move.
They did not even bother to make sure we would get all the necessary stuff that you need to make the materials to grind back to having everything again, so now even if you are lucky enough that your save loads and it’s not crashing constantly, you might be stuck in a star system with no escape.
If they put 5 seconds of consideration towards existing players, they would have thought of these kinds of scenarios. So I must conclude that they flat out DO NOT CARE about existing players. They are happy to take the good feature ideas we send them, but they can’t be asked to make sure that when we update our saves, it’s a smooth experience.
And of course now, many PS4 players will be completely screwed, since most people don’t keep backups of their saves, or they have the PS4 set to auto-upload the save to PSN, which (due to the fact NMS only ever has one single save file on PS4, instead of doing the sensible thing and letting players make new save files whenever they want) will likely already have been overwritten with the 1.5 save!
It has really ruined my perception of HG as a company and also my enjoyment of NMS as a game. Such a bad taste in my mouth…