How to avoid Helldivers' progress-wiping bug
Don't let your controller die.
Arrowhead's latest top-down action arcade game Helldivers has launched with a series of bugs - and not the fun to kill splattery kind. One of these is particularly egregious as it wipes players' progress when their controllers die.
Well, technically it overwrites their progress when they reconnect, so you'd best not save when that happens. Arrowhead has acknowledged the problem on the PlayStation forums and Reddit with the following advice:
"We found an issue related to the controller dropping its connection to the game and then when you reconnect, the game spawns your avatar before it manages to load your old save. This results in what looks like lost progress, and often results in progress being lost if you let the game finish its save.
"What we are doing about it: We have fixed this specific occurrence and are investigating other ways that save data might get reset as we are seeing reports of unrelated save reset issues. The fix for this specific issue will be in patch 1.03.
"What you can do about it: Make sure your controller has a full charge when you start playing. Don't switch controllers if you battery is running low, just connect it to a cable, and wait until you are on the bridge and done with saving before switching to another controller.
"If this issue should occur, restarting the game without saving will cause it to try and download the cloud save next time you start it up. This may solve the issue, but will not work if you have managed to save since you got reset."
Hopefully it won't be long before Arrowhead can squash these bugs. In the meantime, Chris Donlan recommends you go ahead and squash some bugs yourself. Or perhaps USGamer's Jaz Rignall if you're unlucky.