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Returnal patch 1.3.4 is live: cheats are gone, so are some unfortunate people's saves

Published by Tim Hanlon on May 6, 2021 at 7:23:34 PM UTC

Housemarque's release of patch 1.3.3 yesterday introduced a nasty bug, which has left some players needing to restart the game from scratch.

Patch 1.3.4 is now live, and the recently-discovered "keyboard exploit" has been removed.

Here are the patch notes:

Patch 1.3.4 is now live. This patch reverts to a previous stable build (1.3.1), also addressing a known Trophies issue, and fixing a keyboard exploit. Please stay tuned for info on Patch 1.3.5 in the near future. With Patch 1.3.4, all save games are safe to be played now. For those who suffered issues with their save game after installing Patch 1.3.3, please see the scenarios below for the latest info after our investigations:

  • Some game saves will have become corrupted with Patch 1.3.3, but maintained their file size. Players with those save games are able to safely continue their progress after installing Patch 1.3.4, without the need for using a backed up save game.

  • Unfortunately other save games will have been effectively "deleted" by Patch 1.3.3, with their file size reducing to 0KB. These save games are not directly salvageable by Patch 1.3.4, without a backup save game available.

  • In those cases, please try using a backed up save from PS+ if available, after installing Patch 1.3.4. With an intact save game from PS+, players can safely restore and continue playing with Patch 1.3.4 installed.

  • Depending on the console settings, the cloud save may have been overwritten by the "deleted" save game noted above. If this is the case, progress will remain unsalvageable, even with Patch 1.3.4.

If you're relying on multiple heals at Helios to get a solid run going, note that this was patched in 1.3.3 but reverted in 1.3.4 – so if you haven't already disabled auto-updates, now's your chance.

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