Returnal devs warn about run-disrupting PS5 auto-updates forward of incoming patch


‘Set your PS5 auto-update off to maintain your run,’ warns Housemarque

To not dive into the entire “lack of saves in Returnal” factor once more so quickly, however yeah, it is warranted. In a tweet at the moment, Housemarque warned customers to show off the PlayStation 5’s auto-update characteristic:

That is the form of very actual what-if scenario that gamers have frightened about in gentle of the way in which Returnal handles progress. Crashes are one factor — I’ve had a pair — however I can not say I’ve ever seen this actual heads-up warning earlier than, particularly for such a widely-publicized, major-publisher-backed recreation.

For anybody out of the loop, here is a rundown. Housemarque says it is listening to suggestions about saves, however because it stands, there is not a mid-run backup to guard gamers from crashes — or an choice to let people “give up and proceed” if life will get in the way in which — so the answer, for now, is to place your PS5 in relaxation mode while you want a break. (I would name this a workaround, however the recreation tells you to do that in a message.)

The thought is smart in principle, even when it is from supreme. Your Returnal run ought to nonetheless be there while you energy your PS5 again up. However in apply, my outcomes have been combined. Numerous us do not feel like we will depend on the console’s relaxation mode to tug its weight, and in terms of a recreation this difficult, with runs that may drag manner out with out you even realizing it, that is irritating. And now this.

The caveat about auto-updates messing with relaxation mode — one thing loads of individuals are sure to overlook — is simply going to exacerbate the upcoming want for an in-game answer. I’ve had enjoyable with Returnal, significantly within the later biomes, however I am hesitant to sink extra time within the recreation proper now.

As a semi-related apart, on a whim, I ended up shopping for Returnal and New Pokémon Snap on the identical weekend — discuss tonal whiplash. My opinions can and doubtless will nonetheless evolve, however you recognize what? One among these video games exceeded my expectations, and the opposite fell surprisingly quick.




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