Sonic Frontiers – How to Fix PC and Steam Deck (or, Any Other Secondary Device) Save Files Not Syncing

Played the game on your PC, then went over to your other device and things didn’t look right? Here is how to fix that.

Guide to Fix

The Problem

So, you bought Sonic Frontiers, played a little on your PC and very likely set up some mods, and then decided to progress a little bit on your Steam Deck, or even any other secondary device you may have… but, when you get there, your saves are really behind where you are on the PC, or maybe even non-existent.

You’ve already made sure that the Steam Cloud is enabled globally on both of your devices, as well as for Sonic Frontiers. This leads up to…

The Solution

The issue is in the mod loader. The default settings have a little thing called “Enable Save File Redirection” enabled, which allows certain mods (like Boss Select) to over-ride your save files in a more convenient place. This is not where the Steam Cloud goes to sync your data between devices, so we are going to have to disable Save File Redirection in the mod loader for normal play. But it’s more work than that, because if you simply disable it, now your PC will have your old save files…

So, go into your SonicFrontiers folder, by going to Steam > Library > right click Sonic Frontiers > Properties > Browse Local Files, and open the savedata folder. You should have at least a folder called “auto0”, but depending if you did manual saves, you will also have “manual0”. For now, just leave this location open in the File Explorer.

Then, open a new File Explorer window, and travel to where the Steam Cloud usually stores your savedata, which is located in:

  • C:/Users//AppData/Roaming/SEGA/SonicFrontiers/Steam

If you don’t see AppData, press View on top, and check Hidden Items.

In there, click the folder with the bunch of numbers that is your Steam User ID. You will then see the familiar auto and manual folders that you found in SonicFrontiers above. Put your save files in the appropriate folders, make sure Enable Save File Redirection is unchecked on the mod loader, and then save and load the game. Your save files should still be your current save files on your PC. Start your Steam Deck or secondary device, load up the game, and it should be updated there as well.

At the current time, I believe the only mod that even uses this function is the Boss Select mod. So, if you decide to use this mod, just remember to re-check the box, and then un-check it again when you are done.

As a general PSA, you will likely need to do this for any other Sonic game that uses the HedgeModManager, like Sonic Origins, etc. But for now, it’s Frontiering time!

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