A new patch update for title Returnal was pulled after it was noticed that the patch was corrupting player save files.
Players experienced an array of emotions when the released patch messed up save data in what is an already difficult game, the update was promptly removed and the game reverted to it’s previous build. Here are further details explaining the update:
Returnal update 1.3.4
Patch 1.3.4 allows for all save games to be safe to play once more. The studio also outlined steps that players can take that were hit with the corrupt data issue:
- 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.