I found an old backup of my PS4 save file, from pre-1.35 in late August, before I did the “same-grave” trick to learn all the glyphs, before I did many portal visits, before I made any monuments with other players, and before I moved my Pathfinder-era base. It has 760 hours.
I loaded it into 1.38 yesterday, and amazingly, there is NO freeze when saving and everything runs smooth as butter just like a new save.
However I found emails I sent to HG just a week after that backup, where I was complaining about the long 5-second delay incurred when trying to save my game.
So that means, some kind of bug or issue between 1.33 and 1.37 is responsible for messing up my save. It’s not related to how many hours of play-time are on the save, because if it was, then my old backup with 760 hours should still have the lag when I loaded it from pre-1.34.
I did find this in the 1.34 update notes:
“Fixed an issue where large numbers of portal visits would be added to save files, greatly increasing the save size and impeding the ability to save the game. We’re aware there are still some players experiencing this issue, and we’re currently investigating any remaining reports.”
I think that making discoveries on the other side of portals by making an exocraft station, then getting in and out of the exocraft to discover the planet, may not have been handled properly (and this still might be an issue).
Could some issues also be related to claiming a base thru a portal? HG seems to have walled off all the various tricks to use portals as a way to “skip to the center,” but they left in the base-claiming trick. Why leave in the base-claiming exploit but take away the ability to call down your ship, etc.?
Anyway, I am really frustrated right now, because my main save got messed up, and now it’s basically unusable. I have sent the corrupt files to HG but they never responded and it’s been over a month with no fix.
Two of my friends, who are both dedicated hardcore players with long save times, have also gotten to this point where their save has become “full.”
I am really down, because I expected HG to resolve this problem by now. They need to issue a hotfix that repairs our saves and lets us keep playing.
We don’t want to have to re-grind all our class S freighters, ships, and multitools that took SO FREAKING LONG to get. We don’t want to lose our accumulated stats like how many planets we have 100%’d, how many sentinels we have killed, etc.
More than any other game I have played, I really value my original playthrough save from NMS. I do not want to start over and I want to keep playing, but the game is literally broken.
HG support has not responded at all regarding our corrupt saves or when we can expect a fix for them. They do not seem to care that even when our saves were working, we have a 5-second freeze when trying to save, and experience lots of extra lag and crashes.
They have just left us in the dark.
I would really like some reassurance from HG that these issues will be addressed soon. I am someone who streams this game on Twitch almost daily and I get a lot of people asking if they should buy the game or start playing again. When they see my stream and see the crashes and problems, and hear me talk about these issues, that’s not good for the game.
I want to help NMS and it’s why I give so many bug reports to HG. But why did they stop issuing bugfixes after 1.38? It was going so well.
Anyway, I feel the community getting really anxious lately, but I would be fine with waiting in the dark if the game worked right and my save was not messed up. However I am really not cool with this current situation.