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Unreal Deleted my blueprint

unreal deleted my blueprints, I've lost hours if not days of work, two blueprints completely vanished from my game, I am so ANGRY you would not believe, why is unreal able to delete MY BLUEPRINTS? this should never ever ever happen, EVER! THIS IS A MASSIVE BUG! HUGE! GAME BREAKING! How does unreal even have permission to delete anything that is MY WORK! ITS RIDICULOUS! now I have to recreate the deleted assets, everything was working perfectly, I had everything looking really really good, and now its ALL BROKEN, I have to fix the whole bloody thing. I cant believe you would ship a product this broken, don't get me wrong I LOVE UNREAL, I was a UDK user long before Unreal Engine 4, and as a loyal user and paying customer, I am very, very disappointed, words can't express how upset I am, this is so stupid... here's a clue for you, if you don't want your program to be classified as a virus, it shouldn't delete a persons work. that's what a virus does, it deletes your stuff. that's the point, THAT WAS MY STUFF, it didn''t belong to anyone else, and your program deleted it, without my consent, can you see why that's a major problem? You better get to work fixing this totally MASSIVE BUG, I want a refund, yes that's right! I want a refund for all the months I paid you for, AND I WANT YOUN TO FIX THIS BUG SO THAT IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

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asked Nov 25 '14 at 02:04 PM in Bug Reports

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avatar image Xenome Nov 25 '14 at 02:07 PM

Hi L04D3D!

I seriously doubt that UE4 is deleting your blueprints, there must be something else going on. Have fiddled around with blueprints non-stop since april this year, and while things sometimes go wrong, I can't recall any instance where a blueprint has been deleted.

Can you perhaps supply some details regarding the circumstances of these problems? That might make it easier for Epic's staff to understand what's going on.

avatar image L04D3D Nov 26 '14 at 02:04 PM

Really sorry for being such an asshole, I think I might have been hacked, ok first I put a sphere reflection actor in the level, however my computer couldn't handle it and unreal crashed, when I loaded it back up again, two of my blueprints had been deleted, at first I thought this was a problem with unreal, but I later found that there were copies of some files in a folder where I had never put those files, also some files such as animation files have been altered a bit, for instance I have a sword stance where the character strafes left and right and its cut off in the middle of the animation. I'm almost certain I've been hacked, sorry again for being so rude, I don't understand how this could have happened I have anti-virus and anti malware, why would anyone want to destroy my work? or why steal a game that is 5% complete?

avatar image Adam Davis STAFF Nov 25 '14 at 06:26 PM

Hi L04D3D,

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing an error of this magnitude and would be more than happy to help. However, as Xenome stated we will need a bit more information to be able to nail down what may have caused this to occur. Can you reproduce this error in a blank project with no additional content? Has this occurred to multiple assets or was it one in particular? Which version of the editor are you currently using? Have you run a virus scan to ensure that another potentially malicious software is not deleting these files? Additionally, are the files still located in the filepath on your drive? For instance, if they were initially in your content folder, you should be able to see if they still are located on the drive by going to \Unreal Projects\PROJECT NAME\content\FILENAME\ .

If you would like a refund, please contact the accounts team at billing@unrealengine.com . They should be able to assist you further in that regard.

avatar image L04D3D Nov 25 '14 at 11:17 PM

I thought I already posted this, so some weird stuff is definatley going on recently, I think I've been hacked. I put a sphere reflection capture in the level and tried to update the reflection captures but my computer couldn't handle it and crashed, when I turned it back on, unreal kept crashing for about ten minutes, when it finally decided to open up, two of my blueprints ( my pawn anim blueprint and my katana blueprint ) had been deleted. after that I came on here and saw the first reply I thought it sounded right, because I've never heard of a program deleting your work, word processors don't delete word documents etc. especially if it's all been saved. And then I noticed that there were copies of files in another folder where I hadn't originally put them, also it appears the hacker messed with some of my animations as one of them is clipped almost in half. sorry for being so rude, I was really upset and still am, I can't believe someone would steal my work and destroy what I have, who would do something like that?

avatar image eXi Nov 26 '14 at 08:06 PM

I don't want to argue against you, but like the guys in your forum post already told you, it is a nearly zero percent chance that someone hacks into a pc, takes your BPs, changes them and puts them back into a different folder.

This is by far the most senseless explanation of this error. No one would hack a random person with the knowledge of changing Blueprints.

You said your Engine/Computer crashed when you tried to add something to your scene. This sounds more like your PC didn't save the files properly and maybe put them into a Temp folder or something.

Most of us had errors in some kind of stages where Blueprint Nodes disconnected or the whole Engine didn't want to open again, because we messed up a Blueprint. Everytime the Editor starts, it tries to compile the Blueprints as far as i know. And if you messed up a Blueprint and crashed your Editor it is way more likely that this broke your Blueprint.

If you want help, you need to tell Adam the information he asked for. Engine Version etc. I think your Blueprint is just broken, because your Computer crashed. So a dxdiag would be nice too, to see if your PC has some trouble to handle the Engine at all.

Try to calm down and think what you may have done to cause this kind of crash. I don't know if theres a crashlog that you could post. Maybe Adam could tell where to find this, so he could see what did crash your Editor.

The only other thing i could think of is, that you downloaded a simple virus that moves random or last used files. After they got moved, you got reference errors inside your Blueprints, because they missed the moved files. This also leads to Nodes disconnecting.

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Ok so I solved the problem if anyone else encounters a corrupt .uasset. During the freeze, my character blueprint got corrupted making the uasset unusable anymore making me lose 50% of my game essentially. Thankfully inside the unreal projects there is an autosave folder that creates autosaves every hour or so and inside was the autosave for the character blueprint uasset I lost, so I renamed the autosave file to the same name as the corrupt uasset and replaced it.

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answered May 01 '19 at 01:35 PM

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avatar image Death_Dealer_33 May 01 '19 at 03:45 PM

Thank you sir, same exact thing happened to me.. i thought i lost so much. You just made my day, sorry it stressed you out so much i know the feeling.. Thanks again!

avatar image Death_Dealer_33 May 01 '19 at 03:55 PM

You think there would be an auto detection of corrupt file's and an attempt to restore doing this exact thing, should be very simple.. Would save alot of people some heart attacks.

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Hi L04D3D,

It looks like your previous post got caught in moderation and I have gone ahead and published it. Which anti virus do you have? It may be a good idea to do a deep clean or reformat your computer to try and rid yourself of any viruses or malicious software that could still be present on your PC. Make sure to back up your work on a trusted FTP server, such as dropbox, so that you don't lose your assets. In your case if the files have been moved then the error you were receiving is a reference error as the editor currently does not automatically redirect to moved assets and will require you to re-reference them.

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I can verify, this can actually happen. I saved my project last night, booted it up today, and my blueprint is missing its main building, but not all of the actors around it, like the debris and such. What the fuck....

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answered Apr 30 '19 at 08:15 PM

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