Returnal patch 1.3.4 out now – Now safe to play, but some corrupted saves can’t be restored

Housemarque has released patch 1.3.4 for Returnal as a stop-gap measure to alleviate the save game corruption issues that plagued the 1.3.3 patch that was released and then pulled last night. Housemarque has also provided guidance for those affected by the save game issue, noting that some saves may not be possible to restore.

Update 1.3.4 for Returnal might have a higher version number, but it is actually reverting the game to the last stable build (version 1.3.1). It also addresses a known Trophies issue and fixes a keyboard exploit. Whatever the case, patch 1.3.4 should mean that all save games are now safe to be played, and it will also mean that users no longer have to delete the game and redownload, as was the advice last night.


For those that found themselves affected by the error, it’s basically a toss up whether or not you can resume your save, or if all of your progress has been lost. Housemarque has outlined four scenarios:

  • 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.

That’s going to suck incredibly hard for anyone that had put a significant amount of time into the game and has now permanently lost their overarching game progression…

Last week, well before this current palaver, we gave Returnal a stonking 9/10 in our review, here’s what Jim had to say.

It feels immensely satisfying to be sat here in 2021, eons after playing Super Stardust HD on PS3, and see just how far Housemarque has come. Offering a visual bullet hell spectacle, a showcase for the DualSense controller and a rewarding sci-fi narrative woven around the roguelike loop, we can say with unflinching confidence that Returnal is the PS5’s best game to date.

Source: Housemarque

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  1. Well, I went direct from the unpatched game to update 1.3.4 and my game is BROKEN!! I keep having to start a run again due to entering areas with weapon / upgrade chests and then not being able to pick them up (the button prompt doesn’t appear to scan or pick up) and then I cant get back out of the area as the door wont open!!

    • Are you using the pre-order suits? One of the things patch 1.3.3 was meant to do was “Fixed issue with pre-order suits occasionally blocking item collection and door opening”. Not discounting other bugs with the same symptom, but that’s one possibility.

      • Hi. Yes I am but was using the same suit before the update without any issues at all. :-(

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