Possible Early Progression Break
In the screenshot linked above, I have already acquired the punch glove. The gate on the right is the first game opened by your robot friend after the start of a new game. It seems that the open state of the gate did not save, possibly because I rushed forward thorough it before it had finished being opened. As far as I can tell, the only other way out of this area is the short ladder to the left that is unlocked with the punch glove, but has to be enabled past the gate.
Luckily I had opened the shortcut, but in the case that a player had not opened it before dropping down, they could possibly get in a state that they could not progress.
There is a potential that I am just being dumb here, but if this is an actual softlock, it's one very early in the game.