An issue with save corruption has resulted in Housemarque pulling Returnal Patch 1.3.3. and temporarily reverting the game back to version 1.3.1 on PS5 while it works to fix the issue.
Returnal is a third-person shooter with bullet hell elements. You've crash-landed on an alien planet and are horrified to find that you have quite the challenge before you. You'll surely die, and there's the rub: even death is not an escape from the terrifying enemies you're facing. It won't be an easy journey, but your only escape is to overcome the bad guys in your way.
As it was released less than a week ago, Returnal is still working on hotfixes for any issues and rapidly deploying patches. Unfortunately, Returnal Patch 1.3.3 has a severe problem that could corrupt your save data and the game's developer Housemarque has made the decision to pull it — along with a warning not to play the game if you've already updated.
How Returnal Patch Error CE-100028-1 Can Delete Your Save
As highlighted on Reddit, Returnal Patch Error CE-100028-1 is an error that can delete your save. If you haven't yet updated, you're going to want to temporarily disable automatic updates.
Here's how to disable automatic updates on the PS5:
- Select the "Settings" icon on the home screen.
- Select "System"
- Select "Saved Data and Game/App Settings"
- Select "Automatic Updates"
- Uncheck "Auto-Download" and "Auto-Install in Rest Mode"
What to Do if You've Already Downloaded Returnal Patch 1.3.3
If you've already downloaded Returnal Patch 1.3.3, your best bet is to uninstall it and redownload the game entirely. Patch 1.3.3 has been turned off by Housemarque, so redownloading the game will only take you up to 1.3.1, the last stable patch.
Again, it is very important to emphasize that you should not play Returnal if you're on Patch 1.3.3 — if you do, it's very likely that your game save will be corrupted and lost forever. Don't do it!
When is the Returnal Patch 1.3.3 Fix Launching?
The problems with Returnal Patch 1.3.3 are surely frustrating, but Housemarque says that it will have a fix ready to go in "a few hours."
"Patch 1.3.3 has been pulled and we are reverting back to 1.3.1 until it's fixed," read a tweet from Housemarque. "We are fixing the issue now and a new patch will be published in a few hours[.] All users affected by the 1.3.3 need to re-download the game. Our sincerest apologies."
That tweet was sent out a little less than three hours ago; hopefully, it won't be too much longer before the issues with Patch 1.3.3 are sorted out. These problems aside, this game looks like an awful lot of fun — if you haven't yet played Returnal, you can buy it on Amazon or on the PlayStation Store for $69.99 or your regional equivalent.
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