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‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Is Deleting Saves

  • Capcom is investigating the issue.
  • No root cause for the saves being deleted.
  • Cloud saves also causing problems.


The arrival of Capcom’s highly successful Monster Hunter World: Iceborne on PC via Steam was meant to be a fantastic occasion, and it has been for the most part. Unfortunately, there are several players taking to Steam and Reddit to inform others that, for whatever reason, the latest update is deleting their saves. Users who have hours upon hours of progress, one of which took to Steam to mention he had 150 hours, have lost it all.

According to vg247, the issue begins as soon as you start the title. Upon booting up, Monster Hunter World will do a routine check for your save file. Players have reported that, during this process, they have received an error message claiming that the system cannot find any compatible save files. If you continue on pass this point, a new save will be created, and it will overwrite and delete any you had beforehand. Players who take advantage of cloud saves, that file will be instantly replaced in the server once they leave the game.

The initial belief was that mods were the cause of the issue, but many who have come forward with issues haven’t had any installed. Another theory for issues centered around not having played Monster Hunter World in a while, and then having to apply the save data format change that took place after launch. This is due to the title not being able to read the old format, this prompting you to update, and sacrificing your data. There has yet to be a definitive answer as to why this has happened, but Capcom is aware, and working on a fix. If you’re unfamiliar with the massive Iceborne expansion, it brings with it the following:

  • All-new Hunting Mechanics: All 14 weapon types have new moves and combos. Every weapon now lets you use the clutch claw, a new function of the slinger, to grapple onto monsters.
  • New Quest Difficulty: Master Rank!: On top of low rank and high rank, there is now a new quest difficulty called “master rank.” Master rank quests will become available once you purchase the Iceborne expansion.
  • New Locale: Hoarfrost Reach: An unknown environment, yet to be discovered by mankind. Hoarfrost Reach has plenty of unique endemic life and monsters that could only exist in such a harsh climate.
  • Various New Monsters!: Hoarfrost Reach is home to many new endemic creatures and monsters, such as the snow-swimming Beotodus, the raging Banbaro, and the mysterious elder dragon Velkhana.

Have you experienced any issues with Monster Hunter World: Iceborne? Will you be holding off on getting the expansion until this has been addressed? Do you know any other options to prevent these issues? To stay up to date on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, make sure to follow the developers on Twitter, Facebook, and their official website. You can find all of our coverage on Monster Hunter World here.