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Borderlands 2 players - don't lose your save! 'Graveyard' virus is no Halloween joke

A malicious attack on Borderlands 2 players is rendering save files irretrievably broken on Xbox 360, according to Gearbox. PS3 players are unaffected at present, although unofficial community forums are reporting the issue is also affecting PC players. The attack is being dubbed the 'Graveyard Virus' because it means when a character dies in the game, they never come back. Ever.

The virus works by silently switching the game's difficulty setting to Hardcore mode, which means you only get one life. Fail to get a Second Wind during 'Fight for your Life' and your character will die, dumping you back to the title screen. Gearbox advises immediately selecting 'Continue' if this happens, and always ending a game by pausing while alive and selecting 'Save and Quit'. Doing anything else will likely lose your character forever.

The virus is being spread through duplicated and shared items, so the advice being given by mods on Borderlands 2 forums is to play only in private online matches with people you know (although they'll have to still be 'clean' to avoid passing anything on).

A patch is already in the approval stage so the problem will be fixed soon, but in the mean-time it's much better to be safe than sorry. We can't imagine losing our level 41 Commando. Or that corrosive handgun we got from Tiny Tina. Best tea party ever.

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18 comments

  • Shinn - October 30, 2012 3:35 a.m.

    So, the one advantage consoles have over pc is now non-existant?
  • BigBadDogIV - October 31, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    perhaps you didnt fully read the article...if you had you'ed know that ps3 users are TOTALLY UNAFFECTED by this.
  • Shinn - November 1, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    I did read the entire article, your statement is totally unrelated to mine. Perhaps you didn't read my entire comment?
  • brianofthewoods - October 29, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    so thats what happened to my level 50 siren... i geuss it was a good time because my friends were just gonna start farming guns for the purpose of farming more guns. Im just worried about not playing the dlc with them, is there a way to fix the save by opening the file on a computer?
  • talleyXIV - October 29, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    What piece of shit made this?
  • shawksta - October 29, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    Damn although frankly I never actually play online with Borderlands 2 nor the first, I loved playing them solo.
  • Child Of Death - October 29, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    So this isnt just a bug in the game? Somebody made this virus? What an asshole.
  • robertpopovic - October 29, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Is this actually the first appearance of viruses actually being created for consoles being distributed? I can't remember hearing such a case before. Always wondered when the moment would come that my consoles would be vulnerable for viruses.
  • archnite - October 29, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    That was my first thought to, what sort of douche nozzle would do this?
  • Crimmy - October 29, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    Yeah, this is a bit unsettling.
  • bron1417 - October 29, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    I love that gun from Tiny Tina!! It's awesome!!
  • Manguy17 - October 29, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    I assume this is unrelated, but after the last update my badass rank has been reset, the game seems to think I have never played before (it told about all the preorder bonus items again etc) however the challenges have not reset, so i have no shortcut to getting them all back, any ideas?
  • KA87 - October 29, 2012 7:42 a.m.

    That was the best tea party ever. Poor Flesh-Stick was shocked by just how awesome it was.
  • GR_JustinTowell - October 29, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    Like :D
  • ParagonT - October 29, 2012 5:52 a.m.

    If people were trying to scare the shit out of others this Halloween, they sure did good job lol. Their still ass hats, whoever made it, but its the timing that's perfect.
  • PwnwallJackson - October 29, 2012 5:41 a.m.

    Fuster Cluck is a grenade mod. The gun you get from Tina is called The Teapot.
  • GR_JustinTowell - October 29, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    The one with the scope on the top! Yes. Sorry, my Xbox is at home and I'm at work. Still, both are excellent.

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