RPG Maker MV: Corrupted Game Files

in Tips and Tricks

You had a power outage while saving your project. You shut down your computer to fast. Windows just decided it was the perfect time to do something monumentally dumb.

No matter the reason, the worst has happened: Your project files have become corrupted and now your project is gone forever. Or is it?

First of all, I’m going to give you some advice we share around the community a lot: SAVE OFTEN, BACKUP OFTEN, AND BACKUP IN MULTIPLE PLACES. Copy that project regularly to an external hard drive, to the cloud, you never know when a full hdd failure could eliminate your entire game!

But maybe I’m a bit too late with this advice, maybe you are sitting there going “WELL THANKS, YOU COULD HAVE TOLD ME LAST WEEK” and now you are sitting there with corrupted files.

Luckily, you can still probably save a good bit of your files. To do so do the following.

  1. First, start a new project. Then, backup that new project (you can skip backing up the image and audio folders, mostly you just need backups of the data folders.)
  2. Now, go into your old project files. Pick a single file from it, now copy and paste it to the new project. If you are out of files, go to step 7!
  3. Open the new project in RPG Maker MV.
  4. Did the new project open without throwing an error?? Then repeat steps 2 and 3. Otherwise, go to step 5.
  5. Remove the offending file, replacing it with the new project backup’s if you had overwritten a file in the new project.
  6. Mark the offending file as lost and remove it forever. Then repeat steps 2 and 3.
  7. Congratulations, you have recovered all the files you can!

In general, you should be able to recover almost everything in your game. You may lose your enemy data, or some other large portion of your database. Or you may just lose a single map. You will have some work to do to get everything back, but in the end, you will be much better off than if you had rebuilt everything from scratch.

And remember in the future: ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR FILES!

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