If you’re one of the millions of gamers currently enjoying Far Cry 5 and its totally OP shovels, you may want to be careful of a game-breaking bug that’s making the rounds. Though it doesn’t appear to be common, if you’re impacted you may find yourself stuck in an endless death loop with no possible escape, save starting the game over again from the very beginning.
YouTuber Ark Sword uploaded footage of the glitch in action, which you can check out below. What appears to be happening is a bugged-out checkpoint spawns the player character into the world and then instantly kills them, accompanied by the bone-crunching sound that accompanies death by falling.
MP1st contacted Ark Sword and gathered some additional details about the situation. The site reports that Ark Sword is unable to pause the game to join a co-op game or invite someone else to fix it. Additionally, when they contacted Ubisoft support, MP1st says the representative said the only surefire fix would be to restart the game.
At the moment, it’s unclear exactly what caused the bug or if it’s affecting anyone else. At least one YouTube commenter claims to be in the same situation. If we had to guess at the root problem, we’d say that for some reason the messed-up checkpoint is putting the player a short distance above the ground with a lot of downward velocity, causing them to fall to their death before the game starts registering any button inputs. (If you’ve played the game already, you’ve probably noticed there’s a bit of a lag before you can do anything when fast traveling or reloading a save, where you can hear what’s happening in the game world but can’t do anything to affect it.) Either way, it’s a terrible situation.
What exacerbates the problem is that Far Cry 5 doesn’t appear to allow for multiple saves, at least not on PlayStation 4. There is a manual save option, but we haven’t found any way to load that instead of the autosave. Instead, the game appears to default to whatever the most recent save is, regardless of type.
For a happier look at Far Cry 5, check out EGM’s review. The game is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.