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Save & backup your game in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Find out how you can save and backup your save file in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.


In Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, you are likely going to fail and die a lot in the early going. The game gives you very little direction on what to do, and everything in the world is trying to kill you. This sort of situation usually sends gamers scrambling to save as often as possible, but that’s not a particularly easy task in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. This guide will show you how to save and backup your save file if you find it’s necessary.

How to save your game in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

There is no way to manually save your game in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The game does save when you sleep in a bed, and includes an auto-save function, but gamers looking to create a manual save in-game before trying something risky are out of luck. Much like another hardcore survival game, The Long Dark, you cannot load a previous save in-game when you want a do over.

Save file location in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Save File Location Ancestors Humankind Odyssey

As someone who likes to tinker with just about everything, it’s imperative that I know my save file location and how to make a backup for each of the games on my PC. While many services do feature a cloud backup, that often can’t be trusted. I recently went big on my PC upgrades and opted to do a full format and Windows install and lost a game that was supposedly backed up via Steam. I lost about 75 hours of progress. In case you’re planning any big PC maintenance, backing up your save file can be done via the following file path.

  • Location:  C:\Users\Rumpo\AppData\Local\Ancestors\Saved\SaveGames

Once in the correct folder, you should see something along the lines of Savegame0.sav, with the zero possibly changing to another number based on the number of saves you have. Simply copy this file to a safe location on your PC or in an online storage service, such as Dropbox. If you lose your save in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, this file can be copied back to the original folder path shown above to restore your save.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • In Windows Explorer, click View, then check the box next to Hidden Items
  • The drive letter (C, in my example) could change based on your setup
  • The username (Rumpo, in my example) will be replaced with your PC username

Now, this is the part where I tell you that this shouldn’t be used to prevent yourself from having to start the game over again through natural gameplay. Part of the experience is that if you let all the members of your clan die, it’s permadeath and you must start over. There’s really no point playing a game about the uncertainty of evolution with a safety net. The thrill of knowing that it could all be over if you make a few wrong moves is part of the experience.

Now that you understand how the save system works and how you can find your save file location for Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, be sure to visit our Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey on Shacknews.

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Bill, who is also known as Rumpo, is a lifelong gamer and Toronto Maple Leafs fan. He made his mark early in his career through guide writing and a deep understanding of editorial SEO. He enjoys putting in the work to create a great content, be it a wild feature or grinding out an in-depth collectible guide. Tweet him @RumpoPlays if you have a question or comment about one of his articles.

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