Game-breaking, save-corrupting bug in Thief

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I hope you’re not currently playing Square and Eidos’ new Thief reboot. And not just because it’s uninteresting. Rather, there’s a bug in the game – presumably introduced in the last patch – that’s corrupting saved games.

It’s something affecting the PC and console versions of the game, and seems to relate to Chapter 4 somehow. Those who’ve cleared that level have found their saves wiped from existence, with others finding even earlier saves missing completed side-quest data. even manual saves have gone missing. Having to re-play that dull nonsense from the beginning is torture.

Thankfully, Square is aware of the issue.

“We’re aware of an issue that seems to be affecting some Thief players, preventing them from completing some levels,” a Square Enix representative told Gameinformer. “We’re taking this very seriously – as a first step we’re reading as many reports of the issue as possible, working to replicate it internally, so that we can understand what’s causing it. We’re sorry for any disruption to your game today, and we’ll update you as soon as we have more information.”

I’ve perhaps been a little hard on the game. It’s not terrible and if you can look past its quibbles there is a decent game to be found underneath. The whole thing just lacks character though, and is a bland, far cry from the Thief games of old.  Even comparing it to more modern stealth games doesn’t help – and I certainly had more fun in Dishonored’s more ambient Dunwall than Thief’s City.

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Last Updated: April 2, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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