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Returnal Is a New AAA PS5-Exclusive Sci-Fi Shooter from Housemarque

Returnal Is a New AAA PS5-Exclusive Sci-Fi Shooter from Housemarque

Housemarque has at long last revealed its AAA effort, a third-person shooter called Returnal. The game seems to feature rogue-like elements, focusing on an astronaut exploring a dangerous, distant planet after crash-landing there. Each death results in changes to both the character and the world she inhabits. Her end goal is to break the cycle of her immortality.

The cinematic nature of the debut trailer suggests that the game will have a much stronger narrative focus than has traditionally been the case for Housemarque titles. Although, while the gameplay follows the third-person adventure style, Housemarque’s penchant for flashy, fast-paced, arcade-style action is firmly on display in the debut trailer.

While the game appears similar to the likes of The Surge, its naturalistic aesthetic helps it to stand out from the crowd of sci-fi shooters. Though without a release window at present, Returnal is set to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive.

After deciding to move away from the arcade stylings of Resogun and Nex Machina, Housemarque began work on a battle royale game called Stormdivers. However, that project was paused in January 2020, with all of the studio’s resources being diverted to this new project. The team has previously teased that Returnal would define the future of the studio.

More information is expected later this year.

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Editor and Contributor of The Escapist: Damien Lawardorn has been writing about video games since 2010, including a 1.5 year period as Editor-in-Chief of Only Single Player. He’s also an emerging fiction writer, with a Bachelor of Arts with Media & Writing and English majors. His coverage ranges from news to feature interviews to analysis of video games, literature, and sometimes wider industry trends and other media. His particular interest lies in narrative, so it should come as little surprise that his favorite genres include adventures and RPGs, though he’ll readily dabble in anything that sounds interesting.