If you’re a fan and player of Borderlands 2 you may want to listen up: the “Graveyard” exploit is spreading throughout the community as it clears data from player saves. Gearbox Software is calling this “sabotage” as the issue originates from user-edited save data that has been modded to unlock a hardcore mode that was found in the game’s coding. Players who join online games with others who have the mod enabled have been unwillingly experiencing the issue, seeing their characters gone forever when they die.
Gearbox has submitted a patch to Microsoft to remedy the issue last week, though there are still plenty of reports of Graveyard continuing to spread. Chris Faylor, Community Manager at Gearbox commented on the issue urging gamers to avoid public games and to only play with trusted friends. Playing through public games on an unsecure connection can potentially allow the virus to hit your system, regardless if you’ve tampered with the save files or not.
Faylor also asks players to warn Gearbox of any “suspicious behavior” in the game by emailing the company via firstname.lastname@example.org. Right now it appears that only Xbox 360 users are being affected by the issue, but PS3 and PC owners still need to be cautious with their games. Gearbox is working to put a stop to the issue completely, but until they can it’s better to be safe than sorry.