Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night arrives on Nintendo Switch next week on 25th June. PS4 and Xbox One players already have their hands on it, however, and a game-breaking bug has been found which will affect every version.
An update for the game, taking it to version 1.02, appears to be the problem. Essentially, if players start their game before downloading this update, and then go on to update their software, they'll face issues which prevent them from progressing through the game. Publisher 505 Games has issued a statement to explain the situation and offer guidance to Switch owners ahead of launch:
“We have been investigating a PS4/Xbox One issue that is blocking player progress in the game. We apologize for this bug and thank you for your patience while we investigate.
The issue occurs when a new game is started before downloading the 1.02 update. After the update, treasure chests will appear in the incorrect open/closed state.
Without the items from these chests, progress is blocked.
Players affected by this bug will be required to restart the game with a new save in order to properly progress.
We investigated a number of options to address this issue and each fix requires a new game to be started. Despite our efforts to provide a fix that preserves pre-1.02 progress, this is the best solution to avoid future issues.
Xbox One players will also be affected by this when the 1.02 patch is delivered next week. Switch players who have a physical copy should download the 1.02 patch before playing.”
If you're planning on getting the game digitally on Switch, you should automatically receive the newest - and safest - version. If you're buying physically, however, your cart will initially contain the original version of the game. As the statement says, make sure you update your software before playing to avoid any disappointment.
Earlier this week, a new trailer showed off the game's collaboration with Shovel Knight who will be appearing as a playable character.
Are you planning on buying the game next week? Make sure to pass this message along to anyone you know who could be affected!