Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox save bug fix – here’s how to avoid losing your progress in BG3

Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox save bug fix – here’s how to avoid losing your progress in BG3
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If you’ve been busy playing Larian Studios’ award-winning RPG on Xbox, you, unfortunately, may have already experienced the Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox save game issue. Well, you’re in luck because we’ll show you exactly how to avoid encountering this problem so you don’t lose any of your hard-earned progress.

Larian Studios has revealed that Microsoft has “identified the cause of the save bug on Xbox,” and will be issuing a firmware update soon to address the issue. Once Microsoft launches the patch, you can update your console manually on the day itself (which we’ll be going into further below), or you can wait “a week longer for the update to roll out globally” instead.

Of course, an even more important question that needs answering before you jump back into the world of Faerûn is: should you save scum in Baldur’s Gate 3? This divisive mechanic often makes it easier to advance through specific battles that require using guides, like, say, learning how to beat Akabi the Djinn in Baldur’s Gate 3. If you’re already confident in your turn-based skills, however, keep reading to find out how you can avoid the BG3 save game issue on Xbox.

BG3 Xbox save bug firmware update fix release date

Microsoft will be releasing the firmware update for the BG3 Xbox save bug on January 16, 2024. Once this date rolls around, you can update your console manually by heading to Profile & system> Settings > System > Updates. Alternatively, you can wait until the following week for Microsoft to release the patch worldwide, so you won’t have to bother with a manual update.

How to fix Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox save game issue

Here’s what you need to do to fix the Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox save game issue:

  1. Save your game.
  2. Return to the Xbox dashboard.
  3. Select “Quit Game” or “Save to Quick Resume” from the game menu once you finish playing.

According to Xbox Support’s acknowledgment of the save game problem, you shouldn’t disconnect your console from power as soon as you’re done playing. Instead, you’ll have to select “Shut Down” from the console menu and leave your Xbox connected to power to avoid losing progress. Xbox Support has also stated that they are currently “working to fix this ASAP,” so an official patch should arrive soon.

Larian Studios BG3 Xbox save bug fix

In addition to the fix offered by Xbox above, Larian Studios has also provided a workaround to the ongoing save game issue. Here’s what you need to do to avoid losing your saved progress, according to the developers:

  1. Create an account at the official Larian Studios website.
  2. On the game’s main menu, head to Options.
  3. From there, select the Gameplay category and activate cross-saves. This will link your Xbox account with your Larian Studios profile.
  4. Now that it’s activated, your last five saves will be automatically uploaded to Larian’s servers.

Keep in mind that you will need to wait until the upload is finished before exiting the game to avoid any loss of progress. In case a firmware bug occurs, the developers recommend re-activating the cross-save feature via the above method. This will enable you to access all of the saves that you have successfully uploaded to Larian’s servers.

If the above methods don’t work, Microsoft has also recommended making sure your system is fully updated. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Press the Xbox button on your controller.
  2. Select Profile & System.
  3. Head to the Settings menu.
  4. Choose the System category.
  5. Select Updates.
  6. In the Updates section, you’ll see either “Console update available” or “No console update available.” If it’s the former, you’ll need to select it to update your Xbox.

That covers all we know for now about how to fix the Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox save game problem. Once an official patch addressing this problem has arrived, we’ll update this page with the details provided, so stay tuned. While you wait, check out our guides on how to beat Viconia DeVir in Baldur’s Gate 3, how long is Baldur’s Gate 3, and how to dual wield in Baldur’s Gate 3.