Capcom confirms that there’s a gesture-related bug in Monster Hunter Rise that can cause a player’s save file to become inaccessible.
Monster Hunter Rise Game
Monster Hunter Rise is now available on Nintendo Switch. Game Hunter fans on Nintendo platformers have been anxiously awaiting the franchise’s start on the platform, as Game Hunter 4 on the Nintendo 3DS was the last such example. Yet it seems that Capcom hasn’t perfected its work on Nintendo Switch yet. The studio has now confirmed that a very serious bug in Game Hunter Rise could potentially ruin players’ save files.
The bug is a complete oddity, too, and will likely cause Game Hunter Rise players to ask just how something like this could happen. According to Capcom, the issue is one of Game Hunter Rise’s gestures, an emote that players can use to communicate with other players. Equipping this gesture and then closing the game can cause players to experience an error the next time they try to load that save, rendering the save file unusable.
As such, Game Hunter Rise players should avoid using the Action/Hurt Pose DLC gestures for the time being. This DLC is included in the official Game Hunter Rise DLC Pack 1 bundle that’s currently being sold alongside the game. Keep in mind that just owning the DLC is entirely safe. It’s only when adding the Action/Hurt Pose gestures to an action bar and then quitting the game where it becomes a potential disaster for players’ save files.
The good news
The good news is that Capcom is fully aware of the situation. The company issued a statement to that effect Saturday morning, even adding that the gestures can still be used from Game Hunter Rise’s start menu. The bad news is that Capcom does not currently have a fix for the bug or any information as to when it will be fixed. Capcom is working on the issue, though, and says that it will have the fix in players’ hands as soon as possible.
One thing that isn’t clear, likely because Capcom doesn’t know itself, is whether the Game Hunter Rise fix will also allow players to return to their saves. It’s possible that once locked out, players’ save files could become permanently inaccessible. Hopefully, that isn’t the case. Save files don’t appear to corrupted so much as inaccessible, so Capcom’s fix could perhaps simply remove the problem without touching save files.
Game Hunter Rise officially launched just yesterday, March 26, so Capcom’s turnaround on the problem has been quick so far. An official response for a serious bug discovered in a game’s first 24-hours isn’t bad. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see how quickly Capcom can solve the issues for players. Those affected may want to start a new save in the meantime.
Monster Hunter Rise is available now on Nintendo Switch with a PC version launching in 2022.