Returnal 2.0 update brings Suspend Cycle and Photo Mode

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Returnal 2.0 update brings Suspend Cycle and Photo Mode

The update is live today, letting players pause their cycle and enjoy the beauty of Atropos in Photo Mode.

Hello everyone! Over the last few months, we have been having a great time seeing you play Returnal and learning about your experiences, and hearing all the great stories of how players are overcoming the myriad challenges of Atropos. It’s had a fantastic reception, and we are truly pleased and grateful to see people having so much fun with the game. Here at Housemarque we’ve been listening to all your feedback too, and so it is with great satisfaction that I’m here to announce our update 2.0, launching today.

Returnal 2.0 update brings Suspend Cycle and Photo Mode

Suspend Cycle

One of the main features of this update is the Suspend Cycle functionality, which will allow you to pause your cycle to be continued later, letting you exit the game and turn off your console without losing your progress in that session. The structure of the game remains unchanged, so this functionality is not a traditional mid-game “Save Game” option: by suspending the cycle, Returnal will simply create a single use suspend point, and once you resume playing the suspend point is deleted and cannot be used again. Your game will continue directly from the moment you left it, and if you want to suspend the cycle again, your progress will be captured from that new point onwards. There are some limitations in place – for example, players won’t be able to create a suspend point during Boss battles, cinematics, first-person sequences or during intense combat scenarios – as we felt there are certain moments in Returnal that are best experienced unfragmented to preserve the intended challenge and flow.

With this approach, we can keep the roguelike spirit and “high stakes” commitment to your run intact, while still providing some quality-of-life convenience for players who like to experience Returnal in shorter bursts. So next time you’re deep into a lengthy session on Atropos and life comes knocking at your door, you’ll be able to simply Suspend Cycle and jump back in at a more convenient time.

Photo Mode

Along with the Suspend functionality, we have also been working on another feature that’s been highly requested by the community and will also be included in this update: Photo Mode. Selene’s journey through Atropos is filled with many memorable moments that are worth cherishing; whether it’s dancing on the knife’s edge amidst intense bullet hell combat, or taking a fleeting moment of serenity to appreciate the eerie atmosphere and dark beauty of Atropos, our Photo Mode will allow you to immortalize these moments in all their glory.

At any point during the game (except some limited circumstances like our first-person sequences), you can simply pause the game and enter Photo Mode, which will put you in control of the camera. You can then use the analog sticks and the adaptive triggers to move the camera around and pick the perfect angle for your photo.

Once you’ve perfected your composition, you can then explore some optional settings like focal distance, aperture, saturation or contrast. You can also set different sources of light to highlight the scene, and choose from a variety of many different filters, effects, frames, coloring options, and much more to help bring that unique flair to your captures.When you’re happy with the result, just hit the Create button on your DualSense wireless controller to take the photo. Using the social features built directly into the PS5 console, you can also share and celebrate your most cherished Returnal moments with social media as well. We hope you have fun with the Photo Mode, and we are looking forward to seeing your creations!

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  • Thank you, Harry and the Housemarque team. An absolutely outstanding game just got even better. Although I’ve put 70+ hours into this game, I’d love even more content or additional game modes for this brilliant sandbox. The score attack, for example, mode is excellent.

    Continued supper for this version, DLC or a full sequel would be fantastic one day.

    Thanks again.

    • Very good move on their part!

      Did anyone else sign in and for verification need to choose the pictures of the mouse that can’t reach the cheese in the maze? LOL C’mon what is with that.

  • Already Platinumed it, happy to see that more players will get to enjoy this gem of a game :)

  • Amazing they are improving the game after release! however we are still waiting for the Shadow of the Colossus PS5 patch.

    • This message was directed at Sony SIE

    • This is unrelated to this post, but I second the call for an SOTC PS5 patch. It would be amazing to play such a special game without having to compromise on resolution or frame rate.

    • You cant copy just Returnal’s saves. You have to copy ALL of your games’ saves back and forth in order to do that. I have about 7GB of saves. It takes about 10 minutes to copy them to the USB. And it also requires a reboot. 4 times!!!

  • Thank you!

  • Would have been nice to see the Enemies, Weapons and Bosses balance reset to pre 1.4 update but photo mode is nice still.😊 Thanks for the update. One of my favorite games this year.

  • That’s it ?!
    No survival arena with leaderboards and no co-op ?!
    Already completed the game.
    This will not make me return to…..Returnal…but thx for the effort.

  • 🎉🎉🎉

  • Please also release for PS4 ❤️

  • just a reminder – with almost instant boot and OS speed save scumming PS5 takes roughly 20 seconds.

  • Photo Mode FINALY!!! 😍

  • Housemarquee, looking a the video and the screenshots at full res in your website (removing the ?format=1000w), it seems like you increased the native (dynamic) resolution a bit, right?

  • Good. Now you are only missing the accessibility options. And you have to face it, you are now part of the Playstation Studios and so you must include accessibility options in your games (even if that makes them somehow easier to beat)

    • Thanks Housemarque, sometimes a 2hour run is just not possible. Love the game, this just makes it even better. Can’t wait to get back into it Wednesday night (game night) when wife and daughter are asleep! Lol

  • Nice, hopefully some DLC for a future update

  • Easily the best game I’ve played all year, if not longer. You and your team are stellar!

  • At the start of the video it looked like there was a Returnal art book! If true I’d love to buy it; if not, please make one!

  • Nice work Housemarque! My personal GOTY!

  • Just having a suspend state definitely won’t bring me back to this game. I would have loved if when you died you didn’t have to restart at the first biome every damn time. I love the shooting, I love the enemies I just hate that aspect of this game. Glad people are enjoying it but it’s not for me.

  • Thanks for your dedication on this for so long after a successful launch! I have daily responsibilities that come up at all hours of the day and night, AND a PS5 that my kids also use. Keeping it on Returnal long enough to even get past biome 1 was just impossible.

    I put the game aside in the hope that someday you guys would add this feature. This games story and setting are everything I want from a game, and I am so happy to know I can finally enjoy it!

    Thanks again!!!!

  • This game is a diabolical masterpiece! Love using photo mode. BTW, What’s up with that Returnal book on your coffee table?

  • Anyone want to tell me why there isn’t an fps/3rd person shooter based on returnal gunplay/ movement? That would be awesome imo.
    please give us co-op and dlc levels. i need more returnal:)

  • It’s a good update regarding the photomode, but I see the ” Suspend Cycle ” kinda pointless. It doesn’t save the game, and once the player return to the game or die, the game restart everything once again. I really enjoyed the gameplay, sound effects, graphics and the narrative, but I don’t see myself ever replaying and beating the game without a decent save option.

    • The point is that not everyone can play through for 2 hours at a time… why should they have to waste an hour and a half of their time because they can’t pause the game and pickup where they left off? This is what people have been asking for since the game released.

  • My GOTY hands down. My only problem is when my kids want to play Astrobot, I have to restart my run. Will suspend mode allow for me play another game and then go back to my run in Returnal?

  • Sweet! Maybe it’s finally time to download this game. I had so many games to play so I bought this at launch but haven’t even downloaded it yet. The Time Is Now.

  • Huh I actually didn’t think this would happen to be honest. Would have been really cool to have this feature back at launch, unfortunately after all this time I don’t really see myself going back to the game much if at all. Good on them for continuing to work on the game though. Hopefully more run based games realize they kinda need a mid run save feature out the gate.

  • Nice to see more support for this one!

  • Not a fan of “roguelike” or “high stakes commitment” in my games but love the atmosphere and action. Well be taking advantage of this update in a way they probably didn’t intend but making the most of the money I spent on the game (on sale), so it seems justifiable to me.

    Now I can play without being driven insane by too much repetitious game elements.

  • We need DLC HM! I got the plat for the game already, just need a solid excuse to jump back in. It is my GOTY so far.

  • This sounds great, but perhaps you could create a game mode that lets you do a traditional save but disable Trophies? I admit I’m not very good at the game and have not even passed the first level, but I’d really like to experience the story and farther gameplay. Thank you for the opportunity to submit feedback

  • This sounds awesome but unfortunately I’ve barely been able to play this game as it keeps crashing. At this point I literally can’t start it up and get to gameplay anymore. Any word on an update that’ll address that?

  • Hey Harry,

    What do I have to do to get that artbook?

    :)

  • It’s a great game. I had it preordered, and I still cant get past the first boss. I wish I knew how difficult it would of been before I bought it. Now I have an expensive paperweight. I do love the graphics and the story behind the game.

  • As a family man, trying to find some spare time is always a problem…. Also my PS5 is shared with the family, so pausing the game, never guarantee that I would be the next people to restart the console. I wanted to get this game, but was put off due to the lack of a mid save. This update is exactly what I was waiting for…. Many Thanks. Can’t wait to drive in.

  • Based on “ to preserve the intended challenge and flow,” I assume no easier modes will be added, but would you ever reconsider? Don’t get me wrong; I love this game, even when it’s crazy hard, but as a dad with a job and three kids, there’s likely no way I’ll ever finish the game.

    What if there were a simpler mode, even with no trophies? Or maybe that could be unlocked after 30+ deaths or something? I don’t mind an asterisk by my name, if I’m not good enough to finish the original version, but the game is so fascinating that I’d love to see more than biome one.

  • Would love to play this game but the price it too much. $140 nzd. Such a disappointment when Game Pass(PC) is $15 a month.
    I liked the PS Plus Collection but they hardly add anything to it.
    I’ve bought 3 PS Exclusives in the past two years(Ghost of Tsushima, Ratchet, TLOU2) but that is equivalent to two years of game pass. I have had way more value through game pass. I know I get to “own” the games forever, but I’m not the type of person to go back to a game after I complete it anyway.

  • Thanks for listening, Im enjoying this game far more now, suspending is a must. I think sony should add this feature to the OS and make it without intro we just suspend and jump into any game with fast loading times this could be amazing. Will this game get FSR or ray traced reflections?

    I hope this game wins goty this year.

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