A few days after its release, a number of users, including IGN’s reviews editor, have reported encountering game-breaking save issues and other problems in Arkane Studios’ Prey.
IGN’s Dan Stapleton, who posted his Prey review in progress last week, encountered a bug 30 hours into the game that has corrupted his last few saves. Those saves either crash after being loaded and attempting to move into a new area or present him with an error message saying “Save game incompatible with current game version.”
Prey error message, via Dan Stapleton
A statement from a Bethesda Softworks representative provided to IGN said “We are looking into the issues that people are experiencing, and are actively working to provide an update to address them. We ask that if you are encountering issues, please report them on our support group website.”
Save crashes have been reported by a number of users on the game’s Steam page as well. Players have said they “cannot load into the game without it crashing” or “can no longer go back [to an area] without crashing to desktop.” The problem, according to users, and Stapleton, appear to come after a couple of dozen hours of play.
One player, 20 hours into the game, reported that booting up an older save allowed them to play “for about an hour but then the save becomes corrupt.” Polygon’s Arthur Gies also stated he encountered a crash 40 hours into playing.
It is currently unknown what exactly causes the crashing issues or if there is a commonality to all of the players encountering these problem beyond similar playtime. For more on this and other Prey issues, keep track of IGN’s known glitches and errors Prey wiki page.
Stay tuned to IGN’s thoughts on Prey with IGN’s Prey review in progress, as a final review of the game will be delayed until the save issues can be resolved. And for those currently playing Prey, which is now available on PS4, PC, and Xbox One, stay tuned to IGN’s Prey wiki guide.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.