'Splatoon' Hacker Locks Save Files With Octoling And Unreleased Weapon: Full Workaround Here!
"Splatoon's" community is in a tizzy over a hacker that may be locking save files using an unreleased Octoling character model and Hydra Splatling weapon. If players encounter this oddity in their travels we've found a solution to the problem!
The news comes to Design & Trend via a handy thread by AlternateMew of the "Splatoon" Reddit community. By gathering verified sources and first-hand reports, we now have a relatively clear understanding of the dilemma.
Trouble began on Monday when a Squidboards user reported that they just had a "Splatoon" match with an Octoling using an unreleased weapon. The hack was even sophisticated enough to include unique sound clips and a special icon at the lobby screen.
The intrigue of the report reached critical mass, however, when it was discovered that playing with the exploited user could potentially lock one's save file. When leaving an unfinished match, Nintendo has programmed "Splatoon" to load players from that previous battle in the plaza the next time the game starts. When faced with the task of having to reload the hacked Octoling, the save crashes and is unable to be accessed.
That being said, the best way to avoid being impacted by this save-crippling bug is simple. If one finds the mentioned hacker, the best thing to do is keep playing until they quit. That means the Octoling won't be loaded into the plaza on next boot.
It should also be noted that not all hope is lost for those that have locked their save files either. Thankfully, all "Splatoon" plaza details get wiped out during every Splatfest. Those willing to wait for the next one will be able to get into their data when it begins.
Now several days removed from the incident, there are still many questions that need to be answered. Namely, who is responsible for the hack, and why did they do it? Did the hacker really intended to mess with the saves of others, or did they just want to show off something they had done without being aware of the consequences? That's something we may never know. There are also plenty of community members that don't believe the events happened at all. Suffice to say, this mess is still a mystery.
As for the how, it's suspected that the culprit used a method originally discovered by NWPlayer123 a few months ago. That gamer kept his findings limited to private matches, but this one wrongfully took them online to disastrous effect.
While the dust is still being settled, all "Splatoon" players are encouraged to back up their saves. Octolings with unreleased weapons may still be on the loose.
"Splatoon" is available now for Wii U.
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