Guess for the same reasons I placed 3 new large chests filled with epics and rare materials inside my months-long established base (and made sure the decay timers were at max), server restarted after 2 hours…chests with all the contents vanished.
I blame the servers in this cases, corrupted data or something.
Is like the server doesn’t register the client input for a period, or is rolled back to a previous point.
But there are also plenty of game-side related problems of this kind, just take the instance when you place building pieces in “not allowed” areas, there is no system message like in other places, no red X , you just place the piece down and it vanishes.
But yeah, things and structures vanishing for no reason in CE has been always a thing, they created a detailed log system (when it works) for this, maybe thinking that we are dumb enough not to understand that there is a timed decay system, but the story of items and structures vanishing in thin air is present since day one, and it is certainly not related to decay.
I must say though that I didn’t lose anything during the last couple of months in mysterious circumstances, except learning the hard way where I cannot build, placing things down and instantly losing them.
Fixed? Luck ?
Not sure, but this is CE on PS4.