There’s an evil bug in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, which causes an erase of save data. I can confirm it after losing my game save (first time this happened on my PS3), which happened right at the end of Chapter 3, “The Dark Lord of the Lycans.” Maybe not so coincidently where another user reported having the same problem (see here on psu.com). As with any autosave game, you’re given the warning to never power down when an autosave icon is on the screen or when the HDD access indicator is on. Nevertheless, this still happened on my PS3 system.
Upon loading Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, if you’ve previously played, the game’s save file is loaded. This is where the corrupt game file message may appear (“Unhandled Error”), which says “Save file corrupt, will now overwrite, press X to continue.” The only option is to hit the “X” button, which wipes your game save file clean and forces you to restart the game. A painful thing to have to go through, especially after investing hours in a game only to have to start over.
My advice to anyone playing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is to backup your game save. It’s a crude workaround, and not the ideal solution, but until a patch is released it’s better than losing your game progress. Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow only uses one autosave file. On the PlayStation 3, you will have to manually copy the save data by going to your PS3’s “Game” menu (XMB), selecting “Saved Data Utility (PS3),” finding the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow game save file, hit the options (Triangle button) and selecting the “Copy” option. The bug reportedly happens on the Xbox 360 version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow as well, but some reports say it’s only an annoying error message and doesn’t erase the game progress. It’s unknown how widespread a problem this is.
I’ve reached out to Konami for a comment and advice on what players can do, and if a fix is coming. As soon as a response is received, I will post an update. In the meantime, I advise players experiencing problems with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow report it to Konami Customer Support Center.
UPDATE 10/28/10 – A patch is now available for the PS3 save data issue. See more details here.