Housemarque PS5-exclusive action will reach Gold status and arrive on April 30th

As Sony announced, Returnal (from 79,98€ at pre-order) has reached Gold status and will be released on April 30 for PlayStation 5. The Finnish team from Housemarque, which is known so far for classic arcade action such as Dead Nation, Resogun, Super Stardust Ultra, Alienation, Matterfall and Nex Machina, this time wants to take a slightly different approach than narrative shooters and “SciFi thrillers” convince an alien planet.

It is true that the core of Returnal is arcade action, including many well-known mechanics such as waves of opponents, combos & Co, and you should quickly bless the time if you choose the wrong tactic. But with the narrative framework of the time loop, the promised “psycho-horror” and the staging as a larger futuristic adventure from a shoulder perspective, the studio founded in 1995 is breaking new ground, which is as daring as it is risky.

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Screenshot – Returnal (PlayStation5)

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Screenshot – Returnal (PlayStation5)

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Screenshot – Returnal (PlayStation5)

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Screenshot – Returnal (PlayStation5)

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Screenshot – Returnal (PlayStation5)


After all, the controversial Battle Royal project Stormdivers had been put on hold in January 2020 and wanted to concentrate on the studio’s largest project to date with 80 employees. But can the Finns also tell stories? Does the shooter work with the roguelike approach?

In the role of the astronaut Selene, the player should experience different facets of a story and biography over many repetitions, including random components, while discovering additional skills, artifacts, weapons and enemies with each new attempt, so that the monotony of the eternally the same is broken.

In addition to the explosive action, there should also be skill passages, even “Metroidvania” is cited as a facet of the game design, so that labyrinthine exploratory stimuli are also promised via open passages and secrets. We are very excited to see how Returnal will play on the PlayStation 5.

Last current video: StoryTrailer

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