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The reason is because of the way the game was structured- if I patch it via Desura, everyone's save gets erased. It already happened once, so I'm making sure that never happens again. The only way around it is to do it manually.
I wish things could be different, but I already talked to some Desura people and they told me this was really the only way in making sure saves remain intact. :(
Try using the installer under the "Purchased Downloads" section. I'm not sure why that would happen, but it seems to be tied to the Desura client.
Version 1.051 seems to replace the saves in your save file, instead of just replacing the EXE, if you select "replace and remove all unrelated files." This doesn't affect new users obviously but it does affect those with save progress. Please be sure to back up your saves in the DATA_otherfiles folder before patching. This definitely wasn't intentional and I'm sorry to those affected.
***BUT, if you've been affected by the patch, give me a PM here on Desura and I'll give you a free game key for the Oil Blue. It's the least I can do for all the mess. ***
What?! Ugh, no, that shouldn't have happened at all. I'm really sorry, I don't know how that could have happened. :(
It is, and thanks! :D
I thought it was pretty different. :)
Thanks for the comments! And nah, the game was made prior to all the oil spill stuff, though some of it is indeed incorporated into the story.