This page of our guide for Assassin's Creed Valhalla explains why we encounter the Data Corrupt problem. We have also provided explanations on how to try to solve the problem of non-working save game data and how to protect yourself against its occurrence.
Unfortunately, in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, there is a risk of irretrievable damage to the save game data and if this happens, you will be unable to use these saves to continue the game. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is caused by the fact that AC Valhalla has a lot of bugs and saves can be damaged as a result of a situation unforeseen by the devs, which can e.g. prevent Eivor from making further progress or prematurely mark some important story action as completed.
Unfortunately, the game does not inform about the fact that the saves have been damaged. You can play without being aware that your progress will not be recorded. You can read information about possible damaged save data in the menu for creating manual and loading of saves - an example of such a situation is shown in the attached image (Data corrupt message!). Damaged save game data cannot be repaired - they can be erased or overwritten by the state before the save was damaged.
In order to fix the game, you must always find the last undamaged save on the list, i.e. before the action that may have damaged the save data occurred. You can easily recognize the correct safe by the fact that after loading the game and trying to rewrite, no message about corrupt data is displayed.
Damage to the saves may be most easily caused if you kill an Order of the Ancients member prematurely. This refers specifically to members of the Order who are in the cities of Lunden, Jorvik and Wincestre. In each of these cities, Eivor identifies and kills 3 different characters. You can't lead to the death of these people by encountering them while freely exploring the map. You have to wait until you start a related story mission and only then do you deal with them. In the attached sample picture, the saves were damaged as a result of prematurely killing Audun, after finding him at the theater in Jorvik, while he was not supposed to die until the party quest.
You cannot completely protect yourself against the potential loss of saved game data, but you can take various measures to reduce the risk of loss of progress:
- Always play the latest version of the game. The problem we describe is certainly present in version 1.02 of AC Valhalla.
- Create a new manual save before the start of the saga in each new area and do not overwrite it until the area is completed. If there are any problems, you will have to repeat the exploration of a single area in the worst case.
- Try to explore and complete the regions one by one. We do not recommend running around the world map and dealing with random activities. It will then be more difficult to trace a potential critical error in the game.
- Consider dealing with the elimination of Order of the Ancients members only after completing the main storyline. While completing the game, focus on eliminating only those people from the order whose death is mandatory to complete the campaign. No member of the Order can be missed.
- Create new manual saves from time to time. This will enable you to check for damaged saves.