The latest patch for Returnal, Update 1.003.001, officially dropped on Monday, May 3.
Returnal has been the subject of controversy among its fans and players as of late. According to the community, the game has been suffering from several glitches and bugs regarding biome behavior, audio desynchronization—misfiring or being too loud—and missing features. The inability to save whenever desired is chief among these complaints. Additionally, several have noted they are unable to interact with doors without completely restarting their run.
So, what does this patch do to address this?
Returnal Update 1.003.001 Patch Notes Explained
The short answer, according to player sources, is: not much.
While there aren't any official patch notes released at the time of writing, players haven't noticed much of a change. Or, if they have, they certainly haven't voiced it. From the information available, we've been able to determine that this patch is more of a general stability improvement patch rather than a concrete fix to any of the issues that are prominent in the community.
That is to say, players can expect less crashing, clipping, and glitching, but not much else. They may find it easier to interact with their surroundings, as well, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Housemarque, the Finland-based developers behind the game, currently have a short-running list of acknowledged issues both on their Discord and on the official Returnal subreddit board. They have since made it clear that they are aware of the ire surrounding saving and other features. However, they have yet to mention an addition to the feature in the works or any plans surrounding one.
Returnal is currently available for the PlayStation 5.