Returnal is going to get its first big patch tomorrow, May 5th. But ahead of the update, developer Housemarque is warning players to turn off auto-update on their PS5’s, one of the convenience features. This is so the player won’t lose progress. The patch is scheduled to be released at 12:00 p.m. PT/ 3:00 p.m. ET.
The studio issued this warning in a tweet, telling players to turn off the features and linking to a Sony support page of a how-to. The reasoning behind this makes sense. If the PS5 is already in suspend mode when the update goes live, it will automatically quit the game to apply the update. If you were mid-run, this would cause progression loss.
Rest mode is the only way that Returnal players can take a break from a run, since the game doesn’t have any save points at all. Many players have been requesting the studio patch in this feature, though some have argued it goes against what was intended of the game.
To turn of auto-update, you can go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Setting > Automatic Updates. Once there you can toggle the auto-download and auto-install when the console is in Rest Mode.