Console bug wiping Hitman: Absolution save data, report users
Posted: 22.11.2012 15:59 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
The life of a professional assassin is a tough one, especially when you're tall with a bar code tattooed on your hairless noggin. It's even more tense when your career could get wiped out by a bug.

Users are reporting an extremely unpleasant coding glitch that can see Hitman: Absolution saves corrupted on Xbox 360 and PS3. It's believed to be linked to game crashes during saves.

One Hitman gamer claims to have lost his saved game twice, believing the first time was "a fluke," and so started again. Square Enix warn corrupted data is unrecoverable.

"I spent 6 hours non-stop playing last night, and the game froze," informed one Xbox 360 gamer on the official Hitman forums. "Thinking it was no big deal, I turned off my console, and restarted the game. I got a message telling me that my save data was corrupt and not able to be recovered."

"Due to how great I think this new addition to the series is, I took it as a fluke, and started another play-through. Several more hours into the game, I turned off my console, thinking I was going to continue playing the next day. Well, apparently I was mistaken, as I've encountered the exact same issue again (without the game freezing) at the main menu, and still cannot resume any games and I'm forced to start over completely."

"It's really stressful. IO has made an AMAZING game and I'd really like to enjoy it more, but with a game-breaking issue such as this one, it's making it impossible for me to have enough motivation to even pop the disc back in right now."

Sadly this doesn't seem to be an isolated case. Square Enix got back to one user who complained of the issue telling them that "if a save is corrupt, there will be no way to recover your current progress". They advised to "try clearing the game data utility before starting the game again" in order to "avoid such occurrences in the future".

Hitman: Absolution released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this week. Only console versions appear to be affected.
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By nocutius (SI Elite) on Nov 22, 2012
This is probably the most annoying bug you can encounter in a game, losing all your progress :(.
It's even worse than the game-stopping bugs cause those only prevent you from advancing for a while until the patch is released.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Nov 25, 2012
Seriously - the most developers are now out and crying about wanting a new console so they "dare" to make some new IP's.
They have had years to develop for the boxes that once more should have killed off PC gaming once and for all - and still I see all these horrendous bugs destroying games, saves etc. and not even all get a patch because patches cost money to DISTRIBUTE...

Tell me, for the perspective of a consumer, what in all this mess the gaming turned into sounds like dead to me?