Bioshock Infinite: Multiple Savegames Workaround Guide

BioShock Infinite is a game you’ll want to play through more than once. It’s rich in content and offers players a veritable host of choices to make throughout the game, all of which can impact the ending you receive.

Just as well, the game comes with a wide array of weapons and vigors (magical powers) to choose from and upgrade at a cost, so you’ll have to make additional choices based on your personal preferences.

For some strange reason, it isn’t possible to have multiple playthroughs of the game as BioShock Infinite only provides you with a single save that’s constantly updated as you make progress. This is a problem for those of you with family members, friends or significant others with whom you’d like to share the game with on your computer.

As BioShock Infinite does not officially support multiple saves, we’ve had to devise a workaround to allow it. The following instructions serve as a step-by-step guide on how to get multiple saves up and running.

  1. The first thing you need to do is disable Steam cloud synchronization.
  2. Make a back up of your BioShock Infinite “savedata” directory It should be located here:
    ..\Steam\userdata\[your Steam ID]\8870\remote\savedata\
  3. Create as many subfolders as you want within this directory. Assume that each of them contains a save game.
  4. Simply move the contents of the “savedata” directory into the corresponding subfolder whenever you or anyone else wants to start a new game.
  5. When you start a new game, a new save file for that game will be automatically created within the main “savedata” directory.
  6. When you want to switch playthroughs, first move the current file in the “savegame” directory into a sub-folder for safe keeping (remember to name the sub-folders so you remember which is which). Secondly, move the playthrough you’d like to load from its sub-folder into the main “savegame” directory, which will enable you to “continue” from that file.

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11 Comments on Bioshock Infinite: Multiple Savegames Workaround Guide

John

On March 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Thank you, this worked for me!

Reagan

On March 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Created a batch file on the desktop that switches between two profiles using the info above. Makes life simple.

First part is steam directory. Create a folder called savedata2 in remote directory.
Second part renames the batch file so you know who’s profile it’ll switch to.

e:
cd\games\steam\userdata\49756301\8870\remote
rename savedata temp
rename savedata2 savedata
rename temp savedata2

c:
cd\users\regano\desktop\
IF EXIST “Switch to Jakes Game.bat” (rename “Switch to Jakes Game.bat” “Switch to Reagans Game.bat”) else (rename “Switch to Reagans Game.bat” “Switch to Jakes Game.bat”)

Jon

On March 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

This doesn’t work. Moving these files makes you have to restart from the beginning.

OtherJohn

On March 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

It failed to work after I moved the save file to a different computer

bunimomike

On March 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The first part worked but now we can’t go back to the old save after following your instructions implicitly. Bioshock keeps saying “failed to save game” which is pretty serious when I want to quit the game this evening! :-\

dr_awesome

On April 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

did this 10 hours in. Now I have to start over. I hate you.

DanielA

On April 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Just so you know if any of you guys have issues loading you saved games is because you he is missing a step. Before you copy and paste the saved game you want into the steam saved game folder, you must and this is a MUST. You MUST EXIT OUT OF STEAM all the way. You have to exit and then copy and paste your files into the saved folder, then open steam, put in your password and your saved game should be all good. You have to do this everytime you change saves.

Jorhe

On April 3, 2013 at 7:25 am

Worked for me, thanks !

Noob

On April 12, 2013 at 6:26 am

I dont get it

Noëlle

On April 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

There’s now an additional step missing: the savegame folder apparently must be associated with a profile.bin file. To back up a save file, make your named subfolders in the /remote directory, but copy both savegame and profile.bin into them; then, when you want to load a different save, make sure the current save is backed up, delete savegame and profile.bin from the main directory, and copy the desired savegame and profile.bin from your backup directory. This is the only way I can get it to work; without profile.bin, the game won’t load the backed-up saves.

ffff

On June 22, 2014 at 1:55 am

Thx, any chance for new version of this highly appreciated tweaking guide, including @Noelle’s and @DanielA’s comments? Also @Reagan’s batch file system in more detail for non-programmer’s? ;)