Returnal Patch 1.3.3 notes fix healing in Helios and trophy unlocks [UPDATED]

There are a number of bug fixes and adjustments in Returnal's latest patch notes. We've got the details right here.


Updated on May 5, 2021 @ 2:40 p.m. PTHousemarque has pulled Returnal Patch 1.3.3 due to some catastrophic issues reportedly going on with the patch. Until the developer has fixed up Patch 1.3.3, it will be reverting back to Patch 1.3.1. Unfortunately, if you had 1.3.3 installed and are experiencing issues, the only way to go back to Patch 1.3.1 is to delete and reinstall the Returnal game entirely. According to Housemarque, you will know if you were affected because PlayStation Error Code CE-100028-1 will pop up when trying to play the game. Stay tuned as we continue to follow this story for further updates on Returnal Patch 1.3.3.

Original StoryReturnal has stirred up quite the conversation this week in the gaming industry with both its incredible gameplay design and the difficulty in its roguelike elements. However, that difficulty shouldn’t come as part of some sort of bug or crash that weighs down on your already RNG-reliant journey, so Housemarque has put out a patch to fix up some key issues and occurrences. We’ve got the patch notes for Returnal Patch 1.3.3 right here.

Returnal Patch 1.3.3 notes

Developer Housemarque launched the notes for Returnal Patch 1.3.3 on its website on May 5, 2021. The patch notes aren’t long, but they do address some notable issues that have crashed the game in rare instances or kept players from claiming trophies for challenges they completed. There’s even a bug squash that was keeping players from abusing a healing exploit in a certain area. These matters and more have been fixed up and can be found in full detail in the notes just below.


  • Fixed an issue where certain Trophies might not unlock under specific gameplay conditions. Note: missing Trophies will need to be replayed to unlock.
  • Multiple stability fixes addressing rare crashes/hangs.
  • Fixed issue with pre-order suits occasionally blocking item collection and door opening.
  • Fixed incorrect healing behaviour when resting in Helios.
  • Configuration changes to increase the number of scout corpses available in all biomes.
  • Fixed issues with certain custom controller mappings.
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements.

It’s a bit of a shame on the trophy fix that players will have to replay the challenges associated with them to earn the trophy, but it’s likely better than not being able to get them at all. Nonetheless, Returnal Patch 1.3.3 should serve to make the game all the more stabilized so the only thing you should be dying to is bad luck and a lapse in skill to overcome it.

As challenging as it can be, Returnal is still a pretty excellent journey. Be sure to check out our full review to see what we thought and stay tuned for further news and updates on the game.

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    May 5, 2021 12:10 PM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Returnal Patch 1.3.3 notes fix healing in Helios and trophy unlocks

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      May 5, 2021 11:04 AM

      RETURNAL patch notes

      Fixed an issue where certain Trophies might not unlock under specific gameplay conditions. Note: missing Trophies will need to be replayed to unlock.


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        May 5, 2021 11:06 AM

        Will be available in about an hour.

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        May 5, 2021 11:35 AM

        Fixed incorrect healing behaviour when resting in Helios.

        😬 as in too much health?

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          May 5, 2021 11:40 AM

          I hope it's the opposite because when you go really down on health you need to sleep twice to fill it, and you have to exit the ship and go back in to sleep again smh

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          May 5, 2021 12:26 PM

          From reddit comments it sounds like it was supposed to be a smaller, one-time heal. No more abusing it!

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          May 5, 2021 1:15 PM

          This is both good and bad. Its bad because I was totally using it as a mechanism to clear an area without picking up any health, then find the nearest teleporter that takes me close to the ship, heal up, then go back and grab all the health to boost my max health. Then id repeat this in every area where there were health packs. I got good amounts of bonus health, but it was just so tiring to do it over and over. So yea that sucks that now its harder to farm health upgrades but at the same time it kinda makes the game better because it was so monotonous to keep going back to the ship over and over, and i didnt want to not do it because i still wanted to play optimally (esp since i suck) so at least by taking it away i dont have to worry about it

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        May 5, 2021 12:09 PM

        I'm definitely holding off until they get the save thing sorted at least. Well, that plus I've still got plenty of stuff to play right now.

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        May 5, 2021 12:27 PM

        Only had 2 issues so far, that being the first door not opening when using a preorder suit (I changed it out not realizing that's where I got it from) and one random crash. The crash SUCKED though since I was progressing far on that run, and hopefully this fixes both going forward.

        On a game related note, I'm loving the combat, atmosphere, and the story is still a mystery to me about 2/3 of the way through the game. I wasn't sure how being a roguelike would affect the story but they've done a really good job with it. Killed the 4th boss last night, and as expected the boss battle was pretty epic. Don't fear the reaper!

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        May 5, 2021 1:12 PM


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      May 5, 2021 2:09 PM

      Just died at the 3rd phase of the 3rd boss, it's pretty crazy hah

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      May 5, 2021 2:20 PM

      They reverted to the previous patch omg

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