The PlayStation 5-exclusive launched a couple of days ago (and it’s a technically impressive title), but it’s not in a perfect state.
Several Returnal players have reported that their PlayStation 5s (regardless of which version: the main difference between a PlayStation 5 Standard Edition and a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is the Blu-ray drive) are crashing while playing the game. Housemarque has responded to this issue on Discord: „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.” That doesn’t give us much of a hint on what the problem is, but they are aware.
Housemarque has also provided a list of current issues and the situation on them: „[The] game does not have a save option: The game team is aware of the issue. There’s no need to bring it to 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,” Housemarque wrote.
At least they are trying to fix the issues, which is always welcome. Still, an invisible enemy? That isn’t the best thing to hear.