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Game keeps reverting back to episode 1

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Just to get this out of the way, I love this game and for me it's game of the year but recently ever time I try to play a save file I am reverted back to episode 1 and this didn't happen just once. 8 freaking time I have played through the game now the furthest I have got so far because of it is when you talk to Chuck on the train. This is only recently I have beaten episode 4 (I also have the achievement glitch.) Please can I have a fix for this I am a huge fan of the game and I have played every episode on release and I just don't have the time to beat the game another few times. I am using the xbox 360 version and I have downloaded the recent patch.

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  • I have now lost all the progress I made in Episode 2, and have been sent back to the beginning of Episode 1. :(

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    MattP Telltale Alumni

    When did you install the Title Update? Were you online (xbox live) or offline when this occurred? When you played Episode 2 were you online or offline?

  • I installed the Title Update yesterday. Episode 2 worked just fine then, even when playing offline.

    When I tried to continue playing Episode 2 today, it threw me back to the beginning of Episode 1 and saved over my Episode 2 progress.

  • I am also experiencing this issue. I have the title update, and I have pre-existing saves from the downloadable version. I copied the save onto a USB stick to experiment with.

    My first attempt was to rewind to Chapter 4 of Episode 3. This reverted to episode 1.

    I then deleted the save and copied the old one over again, and made copies into the 3 slots. The outcomes were:

    1 - Rewind to Chapter 3, episode 3 - Reverted
    2 - Start Episode 2 - Reverted
    3 - Rewind to Chapter 6, Episode 4 - Reverted

    So to summarize, any attempt to play the game with saves on a USB stick resulted in reverting to Episode 1. I then loaded my original saves from the hard drive (120GB) and made copies. Results:

    1 - Original save, didn't try
    2 - Rewind to Chapter 3, Episode 3 - Worked.
    3 - Start Episode 2 - Worked.

    So it seems to me your glitch is likely related to saves on USB sticks. In addition, I had no issues with performance glitches as other posters have mentioned.

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    MattP Telltale Alumni

    Thank you for that information.

    Can anyone else who is experiencing this issue let me know if you have either your profile, save, or the game (any or all episodes) installed on a USB drive. Alternatively, has anyone replaced their hard drive or is using an aftermarket hard drive (purchased on ebay, for instance) from a generic manufacturer (not an official microsoft hard drive)?

  • @MattP said: Thank you for that information.

    Can anyone else who is experiencing this issue let me know if you have either your profile, save, or the game (any or all episodes) installed on a USB drive. Alternatively, has anyone replaced their hard drive or is using an aftermarket hard drive (purchased on ebay, for instance) from a generic manufacturer (not an official microsoft hard drive)?

    As stated above, I'm encountering the issue but I don't use USB drives at all. All of my saves - not just for TWD but for everything, including my profile - are stored on an official Xbox 360 hard drive (I believe it's 120GB, it came bundled with an Elite SKU two or three years back). It's got somewhere in the region of 50ish GB of free space. I have Episodes 1, 2 and 3 downloaded onto the drive, and I've only used one save slot. It's titled 'Episode 1' but I managed to get up to the outside of the train in Episode 3 before it reverted. I can see my stats from Episodes 1 and 2, so obviously the data must still be there but the game can't access it for some reason. It won't let me rewind into any Episode, though. I haven't touched the game since it did this, which was on Thursday. I always play with my Xbox connected to Live too, and I have the latest patch (unless there's suddenly one that's been released since Thursday, obviously!)

    I really hope that the problem can be resolved, because I genuinely love the game, but I'm hesitant to play through it all again if there's the chance I'm just going to get thrown back to the start again. Thanks :)

  • I've also had this issue. I suffered the game-breaking switch 9 glitch that's been detailed in other threads, and couldn't get round it no matter how much I tried, so I downloaded episode 4 and 5 and restarted my Xbox, as mentioned. The game started at Episode 1 again, and wiped out my save. I played through episodes 1 and 2 again, with no problems at all, but then as soon as I tried to play Episode 3, it reverts back to the first Episode again. Also my stats for Episode 2 seem to have been wiped, but the Episode 1 stats are still there for some reason.

    Yeah, I know I posted this in the other thread too, but damn I am fuming right now. This is such a great game, which I loved, RUINED by technical issues I'd be ashamed to see on a Windows 3.1 FMV game. Plus, I've just wasted my money buying episodes I may never get to play, in an act of good faith which completely backfired on me. No wonder people pirate games so much these days.

  • I'm having this exact same issue! My thread never got replied to for some reason though so I'll try here I guess. I'm playing on the digital version on Xbox 360S. I have the patch, I have deleted and redownloaded the game episodes several times. It didn't used to do this. After 2 I put off playing the game until all 5 episodes came out. Since then I've now attempted to play this 10 times now since episode 5 came out.

    I play through the game normally, I've completed all the way up to the start of episode 4. However, every single time I quit the game, it reverts. I load up the game, select my save file, and I hit continue, but instead of continuing it starts me at the very beginning of the game. I have over a 190GB free on my hard drive, I've done cache deletes, everything. Are you guys doing anything to fix this issue? Because as it stands I have a game that I can't continue.

  • This is a work around not a solution. I found this by accident...My episodes were not loading correctly as so many have after playing 2 and then 1 started to load when I continued I got out and started to play something else. When I later went back to Walking Dead...it let me into 3...had the same problem with 3 when I continued it loaded 1 then just to check I got out and loaded another game (Crysis2) then went back right away to Walking Dead disc and it let me load 4 had all my choices correct...Did not play 5 yet but, plan to tonight...Don't know if this is just a fluke or what but, it worked for me and I was able to continue to play

  • @MattP said: Thank you for that information.

    Can anyone else who is experiencing this issue let me know if you have either your profile, save, or the game (any or all episodes) installed on a USB drive. Alternatively, has anyone replaced their hard drive or is using an aftermarket hard drive (purchased on ebay, for instance) from a generic manufacturer (not an official microsoft hard drive)?


    I am playing on my xbox 360 with 250 GB harddrive. I experienced trouble with my game reverting to episode 1 when I went to 2. I took the game out to play something else after a while I put walking dead back in and played 2 then when I went to continue to 3 had the same problem with the game reverting to 1 I then loaded another game(Crysis2) into my xbox 360 and then went directly back to Walking Dead abd the game let me load 3 . I don't know if this makes any sense but, it worked maybe that will give you some kind of idea what you are dealing with.

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