Next-gen is swiftly approaching, which means new information about announced titles! You may remember Returnal, the new third-person shooter from developer Housemarque. It was revealed during the first PlayStation 5 showcase back in June.
Today, we got a new look at what we can expect from Returnal. According to the new page on the PlayStation website.
“After crash-landing on this shape-shifting world, Selene must search through the barren landscape of an ancient civilization for her escape. Isolated and alone, she finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Again and again, she’s defeated – forced to restart her journey every time she dies.
Through relentless roguelike gameplay, you’ll discover that just as the planet changes with every cycle, so do the items at your disposal. Every loop offers new combinations, forcing you to push your boundaries and approach combat with a different strategy each time.”
So we now know that Returnal is a roguelike, which makes a lot of sense considering that first trailer we got back in June. Housemarque is known for games like Resogun and Nex Machina Death Machine, which are based around getting the best run you can.
It seems Returnal is a much larger extension of these original ideas. The PlayStation page also has some notes at the bottom, which describes the combat as a bullet-hell. Fans of Housemarque’s previous titles will be well versed in just how hectic these games can get.
The world is procedurally generated, so every run will feel and look different. This is pretty common for most roguelikes to keep things feeling fresh.
The post also explains how the new PlayStation 5 harddrive will enhance the experience.
Fast loading: Jump through portals between worlds with the PS5™ system’s ultra-high speed SSD. Get back into the action with near-instant load speeds that won’t leave you waiting to restart after you die.
Fast load times are crucial, especially in a game based on dying and trying again repeatedly.
We still do not have a release date for Returnal, but this new information could hint it’s closer to release than we might think.
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