Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night players on PS4 and Xbox One have run into a pretty lethal bug. This bug blocks progress and forces players to restart the game. Patch 1.02 fixes it, but there's a big catch.
According to a statement from publisher 505 Games, the issue occurs when starting a new Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game. Prior to Patch 1.02, players will see some treasure chests in the wrong state; some will be open and others will be closed when they shouldn't be. Without the items from these chests, you can't make progress in the game. 505 says the only way they've found to fix this issue is for players to start anew. The publisher says it's tried to provide a fix that will retain pre-1.02 progress, but that starting again has been the only effective solution.
We have been investigating a PS4/Xbox One issue that is blocking player progress in the game.— Bloodstained: RotN (@SwordOrWhip) June 19, 2019
We apologize for this bug and thank you for your patience while we investigated. The issue occurs when a new game is started before downloading the 1.02 update.
This issue only seems to affect the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. The Switch version of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night isn't due until the 25th. Even so, 505 is advising Switch gamers to download version 1.02 (if they've got a physical copy) before they start the game. If you bought it on PC digitally, you should already have the patch installed, so you shouldn't run into this issue. It's a shame something like this has happened to early adopters. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has already been delayed, so it's sad that the game isn't quite ready for primetime on release. It's also bad that players will literally need to restart their entire game to fix the issue. Some players who've made a lot of progress are going to be very miffed indeed.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It'll launch for Nintendo Switch on June 25th.
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