By all accounts, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is an excellent game well deserving of its great critical acclaim. As noted by many critics, the game is a modern day masterpiece from the brilliant Hideo Kojima and his team at Kojima Productions, and a surefire contender for Game of the Year.
Unfortunately, even though the title is of unmistakable quality, like all games, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is not perfect. While players will probably notice less overall game-breaking bugs and glitches in Metal Gear Solid 5 than in most other open world games out there, there’s one nasty save corrupting bug that has caused some headaches. Luckily for MGS players, Konami has now offered a way to avoid the bug altogether.
As previously reported, the save corruption bug in Metal Gear Solid 5 is caused by taking Quiet on Episode 29 or 42 as a buddy. However, the exact trigger for the bug wasn’t known until now. What causes the bug is raising Snake’s bond level with Quiet to max while out on these missions.
So, there are a couple of ways to avoid the bug while palling around with Quiet in Episodes 29 and 42. The first is to have the Butterfly Emblem equipped. For one reason or another, even if Snake reaches maximum bond level with Quiet in either of the missions, the bug won’t trigger if the Butterfly Emblem is equipped. Secondly, another way to avoid it is to simply not bring Quiet on those missions, or make sure Snake doesn’t reach maximum bond level with Quiet while on them.
Unfortunately, this fix doesn’t really help out those that have already suffered from the disheartening game-breaking bug. However, there is some hope yet for those that have had their Metal Gear Solid 5 save files corrupted, as Konami is working to repair any corrupted save data.
“The team is currently working on a patch to fix the bug and repair any save data affected by the issue. Further updates will be announced soon. In the meantime, we apologize deeply for the problem and thank you for your continued patience as we work to resolve the issue.”
In the meantime, players should be weary about taking Quiet out on those particular missions. It’s possible that the bug could be triggered by another factor that has yet to be discovered, so while Konami says it’s safe to take her on those missions under certain conditions, the best bet is to play it safe and keep Quiet at Mother Base. In the meantime, for those that have yet to even acquire Quiet as a buddy, feel free to check out our Quiet recruitment guide.
While this game-breaking bug is a major issue, it’s surprisingly the only one we’ve heard about Metal Gear Solid 5 so far. It’s not uncommon for open world games to be plagued with issues like this long after launch, but it looks like Metal Gear Solid 5 has enjoyed a bit more polish than those titles. Hopefully Konami is able to resolve the issue sooner rather than later.
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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is currently available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.