Dive into the abyss with all-new Returnal gameplay

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Dive into the abyss with all-new Returnal gameplay

An ever-changing locale with hostile foes around every corner, arriving April 30 on PS5

Hi Everyone!

We here at Housemarque are in the midst of finalizing our latest and greatest project to date, Returnal, and the time for unleashing the tentacles will soon be here!

We are so excited to have the privilege of Returnal featuring in a State of Play, getting to really dive deeper into the game, and taking in some intricate details.

Dive into the abyss with all-new Returnal gameplay

Returnal’s gameplay is a relentless and fast paced shooter in the beginning. We’ve taken a lot of inspiration from the different genres (roguelikes and other likes) and created something really special that offers a unique challenge with a strong focus on the tight gameplay we’re known for.

As a fresher component to a Housemarque game, the State of Play also touches upon the ways we create a tangible atmosphere, where you’ll piece together the story’s mysteries. We recently shared a bit more about the world of Returnal in our “Atropos” video (check it out here if you missed it). Narrative is a big part of the Returnal experience, though we’re telling that story in some subtle ways: You’ll encounter voice logs and glimpses of different realities on your journey, without distracting you from the bullet hell action of the main game. This all adds up to a layered and personal story that we can’t wait to have you get stuck into – especially the playable sequences which you’ll learn more about very soon…

Hope you enjoy the show and look forward to more info as we get closer to the launch!



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  • It looks good, but I’m a bit disappointed by the overall lack of new info

    • I’m not sure what else u want?

      They said more info for some type of playable sequences is coming. My guess, things like the house. Special story related sequences that are playable? I’m all in.

  • Returnal was the best thing shown. The game looks phenomenal and the new story beats add intrigue. I love the bit with her old house and the framerate looked vastly improved.

  • This was definitely the best showing of Returnal so far. If only I had a PS5 to play it when it launches..

  • That framerate was looking spooky.

    • Looked targeted 60 to me. Game’s over 2 months out, i’m sure it’ll tighten up, but it looked smoother than i’ve seen it before.

  • Returnal looks neat

  • This looks like a remastered PS3 game, if that makes any sense. The animations are lacking and there’s some weird flickering going on in the shadows or textures. Also, there’s not much visual variety.

    Definitely not gonna buy this game at $70 ($90 here in Canada), what a joke of a price point. I wouldn’t pay more than $30 for what I’m seeing. Sony took a turn for the worse when Jim Ryan took over from Shawn Layden. They need to sack Jimmy and bring back Layden and Andrew House, otherwise I think this generation will suck for PlayStation.

    I used to buy almost every first party title back on the PS4 but so far I’ve skipped out on every PS5 first party title, don’t see myself picking one up until perhaps Gran Turismo 7 next year (assuming Sony doesn’t screw that one up also). I’ll probably get the next God of War game, whenever that comes out.

  • Wow the game looks great! I really hope they have (or can add) an option for gyro aiming. This game looks like it could really show what the gyro can do.

  • Love the responsive combat and trademark effects, interesting enemies and the story might be great too, but the environments still turn me off. They look somewhat bland, lacking in variety etc. – probably due to the procedurally generated changing nature of them. I’ll pick it up on a sale.

  • I like playstation as an entity.. sony is slowly progressing towards an ecosystem where THEIR games look feel and immerse gamers BETTER than any other platform, a strategy Apple has mastered through exclusivity and they have never even thought of sharing their secret sauce to anyone for generations and will probably never.This whole exclusivity thing has cemented and will continue to fortify itself as a exclusive place for mind boggling exclusive experiences.. However a few games coming to pc is ok.. but if sony continues to bring all its older exclusive games to pc which is looking very likely as Jim Ryan has spoken about a slate of games..it seems like sony is allowing a breach in its fort.. even a small hole can sink a ship.. I guess sony should never allow all its powerful exclusives on pc no matter how old they are.. being selective is ok else this strong foundation they have built for decades will dampen

  • So far the only game worth getting a PS5 for,Housemarque as always masters at their craft.State of Play trailer was great but Atropos one was awesome…don’t plan on getting a PS5 anytime soon and support the current pathetic behavior of Sony but damn I want to play this bad boy.

    Also I wonder if the voice for Selene is the same woman who has been doing voices for Housemarque games for years and now she finally gets to do a full fledged voice over haha that would be cool.Returnal better have the woman narrator when you pick up things and etc though.

  • Housemarque has never disappointed me with their games so I’m here for Returnal on Day 1. Sony should acquire them already and give them more support.

  • 𝗚𝗲𝘁 $𝟭𝟵𝟮 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗴𝗹𝗲!…($𝟲𝟰𝟳𝟮𝟬𝟴) 𝗬𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗜 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝘆𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 $𝟮𝟰𝟰𝟭𝟯 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸… 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗥𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗩𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝘆𝗼𝘂𝘁…($𝟲𝟰𝟳𝟮𝟬𝟴) 𝗜𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝗶𝘁……… 𝒘𝒘𝒘.𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌92.𝒄𝒐𝒎

  • looks cool, eventually if I get a PS5 I’ll buy it on sale

  • The weight of the first successful PS5 exclusive is on Returnals shoulders. I think they can handle it!

  • Sony Interactive Entertainment why did you force Housemarque to downscale Returnal from its official ESRB Mature, PEGI 18, CERO Z rating into a T title? Literally every official promotional trailer, website listings, and preorder page showcased it as officially M rated yet now in your most recent State Of Play it has been announced with a completely different rating than the one that was actually given to it. I sincerely hope that you avoid meddling with developers by avoiding their projects to be changed to fit your agenda at all costs

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