Okay, based on when it’s crashing, it’s definitely a corrupt “save.meta.vrz” file. You’re going to need to delete it manually.
The nice thing about this is the file doesn’t contain any critical information. Assuming that’s the only damaged file, your actual saved games should be completely fine. Just delete whichever meta.vrz file is the problem and everything should be good! The problem is knowing which meta.vrz file is the problem.
So, first thing: our save files are all in folders here:
%appdata%\roaming\VectorStorm\MMORPG Tycoon 2\save
If you wanted to, you could just go into all the folders there and move away all of the “.meta.vrz” files, leaving the non-meta “.vrz” files, which are the actual saved game data. If you only have one save, that might be easiest! (the desktop windows will be missing information about how many subscribers you have in each save until the next time you save, but that should be the only downside of doing that!)
But alternately, I’m uploading an updated build of the game to the ‘test’ branch on Steam. (select the game in your library, right-click on it and select ‘Properties’, and in the window that opens go to the ‘Betas’ tab and choose to use "test - absolute latest codebase’ instead of ‘default’). If you switch to that ‘test’ build and let Steam install the updated version of the game, I’ve improved the “File is corrupt on disk” error so that it’ll tell you specifically which file is corrupt, so you wouldn’t need to remove all the ‘meta.vrz’ files; just the specific one that the game is failing to open.
That update build should be up on Steam in about 30-40 minutes; I’ll post an update here when it’s ready to go!