The game is designed to save at several points. A hexagon icon will be displayed whenever the game does so. If you would like to exit the game and you are unsure whether your latest progress has been saved, the easiest way is to fast travel to a safe house. In any case, you will always respawn at the last visited safe house.
There are numerous safe houses on the map. Once a safe house has been 'unlocked', you are able to use it to respawn and fast travel. If your character dies during the game and no adrenaline shot is used to revive it, you will be able to choose any of the unlocked safe houses to respawn. You can then exit the game, if you wish, without losing any progress.
All your characters share the same world. When starting a new character, the story progress does not get reset and you spawn at the last checkpoint you visited with the last character. To completely reset and start over, you need to delete all your characters in character creation menu.
Is your game not saving on PC?
Make sure your user account on your PC has "write" permission on your PC, which should be managed by the administrator. Your PC antivirus may prohibit the game from writing save files on your local desk. If that's the case, you can add an exception for Generation Zero. For Bitdefender, you can find instructions on how to do that here. For Windows Defender on Windows 10, Please see the steps here.
Can I save my progress offline?
You can always save your progress offline on PC and XBox. If you purchased an early edition PS4 disk, you will need to update the game through PS4 network (you must have a PSN account). Once the game is fully updated, you should be able to save your progress even if you're playing offline. However, you will not be able to use cloud backup.
How do I backup my progress?
Backing up enables you to take your saves to other devices and is highly recommended.
- For PC, make sure Steam Cloud is enabled. You saved games will be backed up after you close the game as long as Steam is not in offline mode.
- For PS4, PlayStation®Plus subscribers can enable auto-upload of game data to the PlayStation™Network server at the time of log out, such as when the system enters rest mode or turns off.
- For XBOX ONE, saved games are automatically stored in the cloud when you leave the game as long as you’re connected to Xbox Live.