No Man’s Sky’s latest patch not only introduced multiplayer, but also a catastrophic save-corrupting bug.
A game we’d all thought dead has been resurrected thanks to a content patch that finally brought the game what had been long-promised: multiplayer. Thanks to now being able to zoom around the galaxy with friends in tow, No Man’s Sky is enjoying a renaissance since having a rocky release on PC and consoles over two years ago.
But all is not well in the colorful world of No Man’s Sky. According to a recent post over on Reddit, there’s a bug lurking in the latest update’s code that could totally corrupt your save file beyond repair.
The issue all stems around from the new freighter management system. While most everyone is talking about the big multiplayer and graphical updates that came with the NEXT patch, a lesser-known feature is the ability to manage a fleet of freighters and send them off to deliver goods all over the system. Not only can you be an intergalactic explorer, you can now also be an intergalactic delivery service.
Or you would if doing so didn’t come with the risk of your save file getting digitally exploded.
If you send out a freighter on an expedition, save your game, and then reload it, it will cause a certain line of code to begin repeating over and over on your save file. Eventually, it exceeds the 8MB size of your save and starts to overwrite some of the important bits. Once that happens, your save is gone for good.
The whole bug centers around the expedition feature of using your freighters, so the recommendation is to just not touch that new addition until Hello Games releases a patch. If you have already sent out a freighter on an expedition, it’s recommended to check your save file in notepad.
To check, navigate to your save file’s location (usually users/name/appdata/roaming/hellogames/nms/st_xxxxxxxxxxxxxx), and then open the file in notepad. Search for the line ExpeditionSeedsSelectedToday and look for a repeating sequence of code (something like "0x4B5734BB5BB9EA1B", "0x4B5734BB5BB9EA1B", "0x4B5734BB5BB9EA1B"). If you see it, you’re in trouble. Immediately back up your save to another location to prevent the corruption from progressing any further.
The good news is that Hello Games knows about the issue and is already working on a patch. Patch 1.52.2 resolves the patch and fixes any corrupted save files that haven’t gone past the point of no return, but that’s only for PC. Consoles will have to wait a bit longer for the patch to roll out.
In the meantime, stay away from your freighters. Just explore a little bit more and leave the space delivery to the NPCs.