Returnal Patch 1.3.4 Makes The Game Safe To Play Again
After removing Returnal's buggy Patch 1.3.3, Housemarque has fixed the game with Patch 1.3.4.
Update: Developer Housemarque has released Patch 1.3.4 for Returnal. Aside from a few additional small fixes, it essentially remains the same as the 1.3.1 build. Though a 1.3.5 build is already in the works, you should now be able to once again safely jump back into Returnal without fear of encountering the game-breaking CE-100028-1 error bug.
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"All users affected by the 1.3.3 need to re-download the game," Housemarque wrote in a tweet. Since the release of Patch 1.3.3, players have been reporting a game breaking error has continually popped up in Returnal, often causing players to lose progress. Housemarque says that you'll know that you were affected if "CE-100028-1 error" pops up on your screen.
Patch 1.3.3 has been pulled and we are reverting back to 1.3.1 until it's fixed.— Housemarque (@Housemarque) May 5, 2021
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.
The studio then followed-up in another tweet that "to be safe, don't start [Returnal] before the upcoming patch is available and downloaded." Housemarque is working on the new Patch 1.3.3 right now, and it is scheduled to go live in a few hours.
Don't let these early bugs sway you from picking up Returnal, though. It's a pretty good game. In GameSpot's Returnal review, Mike Epstein writes, "Do you need to be a little brave to play Returnal? Yeah. Do you need to be glutton for punishment? It helps. They say that anything worth doing should scare you at least a little bit. I'm not sure if that's always true, but Returnal makes a strong case."