Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s 1.02 update may be causing progression problems in the console versions of the game. Following the June 18, 2019 update, which added Boss Rush and Speed Mode, some players started encountering an issue in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions that kept them from progressing. Now, an official statement has been made via 505 Games noting that a bug is present and people will need to restart and create a new save to overcome the issue.
Here is the 505 Games official statement in full.
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.
The official Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Twitter account also clarified that PC players do not have to worry about this issue. This is because people with that version would not have an opportunity to play without the patch, as it was live at launch.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will come to the Nintendo Switch on June 25, 2019.