Mass Effect 2 PS3 save glitch will be fixed

PS3 users will soon be able to breathe a bit more easily when they play Mass Effect 2. A glitch that left numerous people with corrupted save files and nothing to show for their hours play has been fixed and the patch is in its final testing stage.

"First, we are sorry some of you have had problems playing Mass Effect 2 on the Playstation 3 and want to thank you all for providing feedback on our forums on both the freezing and resulting save game issue that some of you have experienced," said Bioware community chief Chris Priestly in an official forum post.

He said that the company is finalizing the patch with internal testing, and that it will promptly be sent over to Sony for release via the PS3 servers. Here's a full list of what the patch entails, as described by Priestly:

-Fixed a crash related to memory fragmentation. This fix will also resolve the crashing that corrupted Save Games.
-Slightly improved load times and level streaming.
-Added some telemetry to better improve future titles.
-Updated some strings to fix spelling mistakes (Sorry Kaidan!)
-Fixed the picture frame in Shepard's Cabin to accurately reflect your love interest choices in Mass Effect: Genesis.
-Fixed a rare crash in the PSN version in Shepard's Cabin.

In the meantime, he says, "We want you to be able to continue playing." Until the patch is available Priestly suggests the following:

"There is a very simple work around to ensure the freezing and corruption issues are minimized. Simply restart your game every few hours. By shutting down and restarting your game, you will not encounter the corrupted save issue."

I'm not sure how many would consider shutting down the game and restarting it every few hours a "very simple" workaround, but at least you shouldn't have to do it for very long.


Jan 27, 2011




  • piccolodevilking - April 5, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    The patch does not work. After 15+ hours of playing my game crashed, the save has been corupted and now I have to decide if I even want to touch it again.
  • Foodperson - January 30, 2011 3:04 a.m.

    I found this nasty glitch that allows me to walk THROUGH a wall in the Mordin Solus level, then see otherwise inaccessible areas outside of it! Basically, I found a dead end area, made Sheppard walk OVER a table and across it to the other side of that table. (I cannot walk around it.) Then, I simply walk through the wall in front--apparently, there was no collision detection implemented there whatsoever, and I find it really weird that Sheppard can even climb over a table! Really weird, but really cool! Still, that desperately needs to be fixed!
  • Clovin64 - January 28, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    I beat the game at 35 hours and I didnt experience any memory-wipe. The game did crash 2 or 3 times, but I guess most games do that nowadays...
  • mattdark - January 28, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    'Reset the console every few hours', it doesnt even need that to crash out, I did all of the missions on Omega in 1 sitting, taking a little over 2 hours, but it decided to freeze as I was speaking with Aria one last time... Havent checked my save data, but I havent had any issues with corruption yet... But, it certainly says something when even huge companies who make some of the 'best' games (while slagging off other games companies) cant release a game without any bugs...
  • Chevapravatdumrong - January 28, 2011 3:18 a.m.

    ME2 has crashed on me an insane number of times, but with autosave it's more of a nuisance and less of a nightmare, I backed up my saves to usb since yesterday due to worry about the corruption but so far nothing.
  • SolidLatino - January 27, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    I was wondering why my male Shepard had a picture of Kaiden Alenko in his private quarters.
  • soren7550 - January 27, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    This is all good and all, but when in the holy fuck is BioWare going to fix the Conrad glitch that PC/360 players been stuck with for over a year now?
  • Crabhand - January 27, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    @Batman It was brought to attention a few days ago that numerous people experienced a crash that would wipe their save data, as far as I know it wasn't restricted to any region. If it didn't happen to you it could just be because the issue is not extremely widespread, however terrible it may be.
  • felipe222 - January 27, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    Didn't they already made this update available? I really need this update till tomorow.(when my copy arrives)
  • slickmcwilly - January 27, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    Hopefully they put the update up tomorrow, I'm kinda afraid to start playing knowing this bug is in the game.
  • AdonisX82 - January 27, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    I have an idea. I want to post a commercial parody video on Youtube. It will be in the format of Sony's Kevin Butler commercials, but the dialogue will be between the customer and the "VP" about how they got the Yellow light of death and Sony won't help them. I can write a script, which I'll pass on to someone with the equipment and know-how to make a quality video. Any help with this would be appreciated.
  • Batman - January 27, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    This is news to me. I've put about 55 hours into this game which amounts to 1 full play thorough and 75% of a second play through and I have not encountered this issue. Is this some European version of ME2 problem or something.
  • willyfoureyes - January 27, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    Does this basically mean "try to avoid playing the game for several hours at a time"? I tend to do that anyway (no more than two hours at a time on any game nowadays), so I hope my save file isn't among those affected.

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