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Valheim: World-Destroyer Bug Deletes All Save Files, Here’s How To Fix It

The development team behind Valheim, aka Iron Gate Studio, recently advised all players to back up their characters and worlds after discovering the existence of a “world Destroyer” bug that could irreparably compromise save files.

Valheim: Fix Save Game File

In a tweet, CEO Richard Svensson explained how players can backup and avoid losing their save data due to the bug, confirming that despite trying to fix this annoying glitch, the team has not yet been able to fix the problem yet.

The reason for the bug, according to what was revealed by Iron Gate Studio, could be related to the exit from the game via ALT+F4 and not via the menu:

If you are playing Valheim this weekend, please backup your world and characters. The evil world-destroyer bug is still roaming free valheim. In windows Worlds & characters are saved in C:\Users\Username\AppData\LocalLow\IronGate\Valheim\. Its en evil bug, that we have yet to be able to reproduce even once :(. It seems to occur more often if you exit the game by ALT+F4, so try to use menu->exit instead.

To make a backup of the save game data, Svensson recommended the following procedure: go to C:\Users\Username\AppData\LocalLow\IronGate\Valheim\ and once you get here copy the save files of the game.

Valheim sold over a million copies in just one week. The Norse-themed survival game launched as an early access title on February 2nd and quickly climbed the charts on Steam and Twitch. It peaked at 160,000 concurrent users on Steam and reached over 127,000 viewers on Twitch during its first week on sale.

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