Published on October 30th, 2012 | by Mark Gibson, Editor/Community Manager
Beware the Borderlands 2 Graveyard Virus [update]
Online gamers, take heed, while you have enjoyed playing Borderlands 2 online, there has been a virus plaguing Xbox LIVE users.
While you play a multiplayer match, the virus will delete and replace your save files with something called Graveyard file that causes your character to die as soon as they spawn. This means your character will never respawn again, essentially deleting your character from existence.
What is most troubling about the Graveyard Virus is that as soon as one person is infected, like a zombie invasion, the entire game’s lobby becomes infected.
[update]: According to the official notice to Xbox 360 gamers Gearbox is working on a fix for the Graveyard Virus, and urges gamers to refrain from playing with random groups for the time being. A trusted group of friends is less likely to be carrying the virus.
The complete notice:
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.
We ask that players report any suspicious behavior in Borderlands 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide as much details and documentation of their disrupted experience as possible to assist us in our investigation.