While it’s certainly not affecting everyone, a number of Returnal players are experiencing crashes while playing the game. This is something Housemarque has acknowledged, although it’s suggested that the PlayStation 5 is the problem – and not necessarily the game. Writing on Discord, a spokesperson said: “This is an issue with the platform. We've sent our report to [Sony]. Specifically, it has something to do with the pre-start system.” We haven’t got a clue what the pre-start system is, but that doesn’t sound good, does it?
In more positive news, the Finnish developer is already aware of and investigating a number of other minor issues, including audio glitches, control mapping errors, and a bug with the pre-order suit. Its full post on Discord is reproduced below:
- Game does not have a save option
The game team is aware of the issue. There’s no need to bring it into our attention any more.
- Not able to interact with the fabricators and not able to pass through doors
If you are using a pre-order suit. Enter the pause menu and select “Restart your run”. Select the plain Selene suit in your spaceship. (Your run will be aborted, but any permanent progress and weapon upgrade progress is kept.)
- Audio issues
Audio may be too loud or cut off completely.
- Barnacles not appearing visually
Invisible barnacles may stalk the map and suck you up, even though you can’t see them.
- After remapping controls, some interactions may not work
Custom control mapping may prevent you from reading items in the house, cleansing chests or other interactions. To fix the issue (for now), use default controller settings.
The crashing error is a big bummer, so hopefully Sony can put out a firmware update soon to smooth this over. Have you had any problems with Returnal since release? Document your discoveries in the comments section below.