Castlevania: Lords of Shadow PS3 patch to fix save-deleting bug

Owners of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for the PS3 will soon be able to play their game with peace of mind. Publisher Konami has accepted fault for a bug that caused some users to find their entire save file deleted, and a patch to fix the error is "incoming."

To put it mildly, gamers affected by the bug were not happy when they booted up Castlevania and were greeted with the message "save file corrupt, will now overwrite, press X to continue." Pressing the X button murdered the game's save file on the PS3 hard drive.

We even saw one user who reached the final boss only to have his save deleted before he could finish the game. "I just lost almost 20 hours of play on Knight difficulty with almost all the power-ups. I think I'll go cry in the corner now," said the user in a post on GameSpot's message boards.

Following an outpouring of media scrutiny, Konami acknowledged the error and posted this message on its Twitter page:

"Fear not, Vampire Killers. A patch for the PS3 save issue affecting Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is incoming. We’ll update on availability."

It's not much of an apology, but at least it addresses the issue.

Some Xbox 360 users also reported seeing the same "save file corrupt" error message on their game, but it didn't seem to actually affect their save files. Konami's message only mentions fixing the error on PS3.

We'd say something about being sure to back-up your save files every now and then, but we don't know anyone who actually does that.

Oct 15, 2010

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  • AceDynamo - December 28, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    That's why I don't play the Ps3 as much as the 360. I have both systems and I only play the Ps3 when I am playing LBP. Other than that...I use it as a book holder. I can't even give my Ps3 away! Nobody wants the piece of crap machine and its damn near brand new! Everybody wants my 250gb Halo 360 LE. If you get the 360 version of Castlevania: LoS, its by far the superior of the two versions. Just install disc one to ur HDD and use disc 2 to play the whole thing! And it feels more comfortable with the 360 controller as well! Ps3 version still corrupts ur file even though they said its patched, the framework is so choppy that you'll think ur playing a Ps2 version of Castlevania. Be smart and pick up the 360 LoS. You will be very pleased.
  • philipshaw - October 16, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    I haven't ran into any problems yet and I'm on chapter 7 so fingers crossed
  • JakeyBaby - October 16, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    ... Lightning doesn't strike twice right? ... Right?! :O
  • JakeyBaby - October 16, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    I'm just going ahead and playing a risky game. If it does corrupt, that will be the 2nd game to do that to me in the last month (F1 2010). Still, I can't help but want to keep going on it. So I will. Then cry when it turns against me on the last boss... Typical.
  • Brutalicus - October 16, 2010 5:58 a.m.

    I was on pretty far in the game when I heard of this; I started copying my saves onto my flash drive just in case! I was able to finish the game without any trouble (thankfully), but I'm glad they patched this!
  • monkeysuncle - October 16, 2010 5:22 a.m.

    I've never had any problems with the save file myself, but I heard about the bug about halfway through my playthrough. I tell ya, everytime I had to quit the game to leave for work or the like, I would fear for my save file the entire time I was gone. so it sure is goo that they're working on a fix
  • crumbdunky - October 16, 2010 3 a.m.

    Asn I understand it it was totally random anyway and onl;y a small percentage of PS3 owners experienced any kind of issue it's just that if you did you were totally screwed. If the patch brings peace of mind then brilliant but it can't bring back all the hours lost by legit gamers who did nothing wrong at all. Would be nice, if there was any way of telling whop had suffered at the hands of this bug, if Konami could give away any future DLC to people who had to put up with this BS, though. Thing is it HAS been a pretty rare event but that just makes it feel worse if it happened to you! On the whole, sadly, it just feels like yet another case(considering it looks like it was pretty close to happening on the 360 too)of a developer not putting enough QA into their product and letting us pay first only to find bugs later-no other consumer group would tolerate this kind of thing and sometimes you wonder if the industry knows how lucky it is that we aren't all rabid pirates!!
  • Clovin64 - October 16, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    I'm very close to the end, and I've never had any problems. If I turn the game on tomorrow and my save data is corrupted then I will cry. Its been fine so far every time I've turned my PS3 on and loaded the game up. Does it happen every time the game gets loaded up, or is it completely random?
  • garnsr - October 15, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    I need to play this game, but I'm not going any farther till the patch comes. When does the corruption happen? If I save, go out to the XMB, and copy the file to a USB stick, is it already corrupted? Is it only when you boot up the game that it corrupts? I'll hold on a while before going back to it.
  • Redeater - October 15, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    God I am glad I bought it for 360.

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