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," 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.