After years of putting up with Microsoft’s shenanigans in regards to locking us out of access to our Xbox One save files, I felt it was time to finally speak up.
I’ve played every previous game in the Borderlands Franchise on the Xbox 360, a system that allows me to make backup copies of my game saves on external flash drives or hard drives.
For this reason, I’ve thankfully NEVER been a victim of a Game Save Deletion Glitch that I couldn’t recover from. This is due solely to the fact that as soon as I became aware of those glitches in Borderlands 2, I immediately took steps to regularly backup my game saves, to protect myself from losing many hours of progress in these games.
Flash forward to now. Like many on these forums, I’ve found myself in the frankly unacceptable position of being totally unable to pre-order the Borderlands 3 Collector’s Edition on PC. Instead, like many here, I was forced to pre-order for the Xbox One, because it was the ONLY system for which pre-orders were readily available.
I have NO intention whatsoever of playing BL3 on a system that gives me NO access to my save files and NO ability to back them up on an external drive. To do so would be foolish in the extreme. Nearly every day, I’m seeing posts in these forums about borked game saves, with lost Golden Keys and loot. And virtually every one of them is from someone playing the games on Xbox One.
But there IS a solution, a simple solution, a way to return the power to the players: GEARBOX SHOULD IMPLEMENT THEIR OWN CLOUD SAVE SYSTEM THROUGH OUR SHIFT ACCOUNTS! They should make it backwards compatible with ALL the games in the series. It should work like the Xbox 360 Cloud Saves, where at any time, we can copy our saves up to the cloud, or at any time, pull our saves down from the cloud, restoring earlier saves to our local system.
At the same time, Gearbox should make our saves truly UNIVERSAL, allowing us to take our characters, all their progress, and all their LOOT, from one system to any other system! So, I could upload my saves from the Xbox 360 to my Shift Account, then download them to my PC and continue playing with those characters on the PC editions of the games!
This is the only way I can see to defeat Microsoft’s draconian policies, and return to players the necessary ability to protect ourselves against game save deletion glitches.
If you agree that this is something that we NEED, please post your agreement below. It’s probably too late for Gearbox to implement this in the Borderlands 3 game at launch, but perhaps if there’s enough demand for it, they could put it into a DLC.
Goodbye friends. If you shop anywhere else, I’ll have you killed!