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Housemarque is being put through its paces, as its PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal has been causing trouble with various bugs. A number of players have been hit with some pretty nasty problems, like doors not opening, the inability to pick up items, and game crashes. While those crashes might be a problem on Sony's side, it seems the developer has been working hard to sort everything out. A previous patch was messing with people's save data, but with today's latest update, it seems Housemarque is getting things back under control.

Patch 1.3.6 is now available for download, and all being well, it should sort out a bunch of issues. The studio states this update fixes the issues people are having when outfitting Selene in the pre-order suits, which means that unlocked doors should now open properly, and you should be able to pick up items. Crashes are addressed with this update too, and any problems when using custom button layouts should be fixed as well.

Here are the patch notes:

  • Multiple stability fixes addressing rare crashes/hangs.
  • Fixed issue with pre-order suits occasionally blocking item collection and door opening.
  • Fixed incorrect healing behavior when resting in Helios.
  • Fixed issues with certain custom controller mappings.
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements.

By the way, that point about resting in Helios means that players will no longer be able to heal in the ship as often as they like. That keyboard exploit that let you access debug cheats has been patched out as well.

Housemarque has also noted on Twitter that this patch fixes the save data corruption issue. If you've lost your save already, this won't bring it back, but it does mean it won't happen again. Phew.

Anyway, the update is ready to roll right now, weighing in at about 1GB. Here's hoping the game will finally be more stable starting today.

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