Returnal, the new patch cancels the saves!

UPDATE – 11.25pm

Housemarque has released a tweet about the problem confirming that it has reintroduced the previous version of the game on the store waiting to solve the problem on the bailouts. If you followed our advice (reported a few lines below) just delete and reinstall Returnal and everything will return to normal.

It has been reported several times by numerous users on the web, that the new patch released by Housemarque for Returnal, the new exclusive for PlayStation 5, permanently corrupts bailouts, causing players to lose all progress made up to that point. The reasons behind this important issue are not yet clear but here’s what happens in detail and a simple tip for how to avoid losing game progress.

It seems that the new patch released for Returnal, in addition to correcting some defects that appeared after the release, generates a save file in a different format than the previous one. When the game spawns a new autosave (whether it’s by picking up an item, analyzing a corpse, or unlocking a permanent), it blocks the application indicating that a new save file needs to be created. This operation will restore the game to its initial state, erasing any progress made previously and returning Selene to the beginning of her journey.

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The most obvious advice is to disable syncing of PlayStation Network cloud saves, keeping a copy of the previous save point safe on the cloud. In this way it will be possible to simply reload it on the console once the problem is solved. There is no doubt that this complicated situation will not last long and we hope that Housemarque will release an additional corrective patch as soon as possible to solve the problem.

At present, therefore, we advise you not to progress in Selene’s adventure until further indications from the authors of the game. If, on the other hand, you haven’t started the new PlayStation Studios title yet, you shouldn’t run into any kind of problem. Let us know in the comments if you too have run into this annoying bug or if, in the worst case scenario, you have permanently lost your hard-earned progress, obtained in the past few days.

Source: Tom's Hardware by

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