Borderlands 2 will be patched “as soon as possible” to counteract a virus that is sweeping the Xbox 360 gaming community. Known as Graveyard, the hack is infecting Xbox 360 players who join online games. By replacing your save file with an infected one, Graveyard effectively makes your characters inaccessible – once they die in-game, they’re unable to respawn again.
…how could something like this happen? Turns out it’s (accidentally) Gearbox‘s fault. Borderlands 2 on Xbox 360 (potentially other platforms as well) contained code to unlock a ‘hardcore’ mode – that is, permadeath. Once your character dies, it’s Game Over for them, start again from the beginning with nothing.
If you’re selecting that mode intentionally, that’s one thing – many gamers enjoy the challenge of knowing that they only have one life to live. But if you’re not actively choosing, that’s where the problems come up – and that’s precisely what’s going on with Gearbox and Borderlands 2 on Xbox 360. Some ill-meaning type has figured out a way to trigger that particular setting remotely, so – like it or not – once infected, once you’re dead, you’re dead.
At this stage, the advice is to avoid online play with random players, and make sure your friends and online adversaries do the same. Otherwise, this hack is spreading quickly throughout the community – anyone who enters an online game while infected with the virus will automatically infect everybody else connected to the game.
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.
Faylor also explains that after “extensive internal testing”, an update has been submitted to Microsoft and will be published “as soon as possible”.