Save-Erasing Bug Hits Borderlands 2, Travels Through Xbox 360 Multiplayer

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There's a nasty bug going around among Xbox 360 players of Borderlands 2. The bug travels like a virus, and erases players' save game data.


Gearbox staff explained on their forums that the bug originates from certain players using "an external application to maliciously disrupt the experience and sabotage characters of legitimate Borderlands 2 players on Xbox 360." As Eurogamer explains it, some players are using a hacked version of the game, and other players who end up in multiplayer—knowingly or unknowingly—with those players face the possibility of having their games erased.

So like any virus, the way to avoid catching it is go avoid contact with carriers. As Borderlands 2 community manager Chris Faylor put it, "concerned Xbox 360 players of Borderlands 2 should consider playing online with trusted individuals in non-public sessions." He added, "We also advise that before ceasing play, users always select "Save and Quit" from within the pause menu while their character is alive. If after the death of their character players find themselves at the main menu of Borderlands 2 instead of respawning in-game, be sure to immediately select "Continue" to resume playing as that character."

Gearbox has already submitted a fix to Microsoft.

Important Notice for Xbox 360 Players [Gearbox forums via Eurogamer]


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The reason for this is because modders cracked open their save files and found a flag for abandoned code that Gearbox left in there, thinking no one would be insane enough to activate it (typically anyway, a la Hot Coffee in GTA).

The flag activates a Badass Mode that seems like it was supposed to function like Hardcore mode in Diablo, where death = permanent death, which is why the game goes into free-roam camera when you fail to revive, and your character goes away and the game creates a graveyard.sav (like the bones file in NetHack). Either Gearbox scrapped this to put into DLC for later, or they just abandoned the idea, because the code in the save file is probably incomplete because it spreads to other save files (probably because Badass characters weren't meant to mingle with normal characters) and because there's nothing to say that you're in badass mode and whatnot unless you look in the save file code, and there's no safeguards against it.

All it is is just modders messing with code they didn't know would turn out to destroy things.