Virus Hits Borderlands 2

Reports came in this morning that a virus is hitting the Xbox 360 version of Gearbox’s Borderlands 2, wiping saves left and right. The post calls the problem the “Graveyard” Exploit, and traces its origins to gamers who use “hacked save files to access a Diablo 3-style hardcore mode left within the game’s code by developers.”

Apparently any gamers who have the hacked save play with non-hacked gamers, the latter’s save files get wiped. The problem spreads as those gamers play with others. While Gearbox works on a patch to fix the issue, the company has instructed Borderlands 2 players to avoid joining games with strangers. Community Manager Chris Faylor said:

“Recently a few users have begun violating the Xbox Live Code of Conduct by using an external application to maliciously disrupt the experience and sabotage characters of legitimate Borderlands 2 players on Xbox 360. Fortunately it’s easy to avoid this scenario.

After extensive internal testing, an update to prevent this disruption has been submitted to Microsoft and will be released as soon as possible. Until then, concerned Xbox 360 players of Borderlands 2 should consider playing online with trusted individuals in non-public sessions. This does not affect players on PC or PlayStation 3.

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.”