In the latest patch a new 'Autosave' feature was added as a safeguard for loss of save data that some users were experiencing, which has possibly been fixed in a recent update.

The feature is unsupported, and the following information is for advanced users only: modifying the default save functionality of the game is done at the user's risk.

Disabling auto-save backups:
By default the game will create 9 backups in a queue-like approach, meaning that when the game is booting all backups move one position down and the oldest is deleted. If a user wants to disable this, for instance to reduce the amount of data that needs to be uploaded to the Steam Cloud, he should follow the steps below:
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  1. Go into your Steam Library, and right-click on Brink
  2. Click 'Properties'
  3. Click 'Set launch options...'
  4. Paste the following: +set save_enableBackups "0"
  5. Run Brink from Steam


Recovering an auto-save backup:
A user can load one of the automatically created backups, or load one he has manually copied. Doing so will temporarily disable the auto-save backups and will overwrite the current auto-save. To do this follow the steps below:
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  1. Go into your Steam Library, and right-click on Brink
  2. Click 'Properties'
  3. Click 'Set launch options...'
  4. Paste the following: +set save_readFile "savefile" (e.g. +set save_readFile "game.save.backup5"
  5. Run Brink from Steam
  6. Make any customization change to your character (this prompts the game to save)
  7. Exit Brink via the main menu
  8. Return to Brink's launch options in Steam and remove all the text you added previously


Manual auto-save backups:
While the backup system will keep track of the last saves a user might desire to manually make a save, for instance to use at tournaments. This is now also supported and can be loaded as described above. To make a copy of the save game follow the steps below:
  • Open a new explorer and navigate to \..\Steam\userdata\user id\22350\remote\
  • Copy the save game or one of the backups
  • Navigate to \..\Steam\userdata\user id\22350\local\base\ (this folder should contain the brinkconfig.cfg file if the game has been run at least once previously)
  • Paste the copied file here
  • Rename the file you just pasted to a name thatís not game.save or one of the existing backup filenames