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Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Fix Incompatible Version Error

Get back into Baldur's Gate 3 after you fix the Incompatible Version Error.

On August 16, Larian Studios rolled out Hotfix 4 that caused some compatibility issues. However, this Hotfix had to then be rolled back the next day because the developers discovered that there was compiler corruption that led to game crashes. So, what are your options for how to fix the Incompatible Version Error for Baldur’s Gate 3 if you’re still having issues with it?

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How to Fix Incompatible Version Error in BG3

The newest version of Hotfix 4 should have fixed the Incompatible Version Error, but if you still have it coming up, then your only choice is to use an older save file.

Previously, there was another option to wait for the new rollout of Hotfix 4 to fix the compatibility issues, but since that’s been released now, your last option to fix this error is to load a save file from before August 16, when the first version of Hotfix 4 was released. It’s frustrating to lose progress like that, especially if your save file forces you to go back to a distant point in BG3, but a bit of progress being lost is better than having to start over completely.

What Causes an Incompatible Version Error?

The Incompatible Version Error is caused when you’re trying to use a save file that doesn’t match the current version of the game that’s being run. In this case, it was caused since players were trying to run a save file from a newer version of BG3 because the rollback of Hotfix 4 returned the official version to a previous iteration.

And that’s how to fix the Incompatible Version Error for Baldur’s Gate 3 if you’re still having it pop up, and what caused the error to occur in the first place. Now that you can get back in the game, check out our BG3 guide hub for topics like this list of Alchemy recipes and where to find Scratch.


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