Published on December 14th, 2020 | by Alex Novus

Housemarque’s bold new shooter Returnal launches on PS5 March 19, 2021

PlayStation Australia is excited to announce that from March 19, 2021, players will be able to dive into Housemarque’s most ambitious project to date… bold, third person shooter title Returnal.


In Returnal, players get to dive deep into the mind of Selene, an Astra space scout trapped in a hellish loop of endless resurrection while trapped on a hostile planet. The roguelike formula mixed with exploration platformer elements allow for a unique way to explore the planet and continue the battle she is fighting. Of course, there will be plenty of Housemarque’s arcade flourishes present, so players should prepare to be bombarded by volleys of bullet-hell projectiles along the way.

Not only can players look forward to getting back into the battle almost instantly with super-fast loading times, but the team at Housemarque are using the haptic feedback of the DualSense wireless controller to give players extra awareness of gameplay. They’ll be able to feel the natural ambience of this alien planet as the controller mimics its environmental effects.

Every weapon has an alternative firing mode, and each of these “Alt-Fire” modes can be found on any weapon. By using the Adaptive Trigger players can move seamlessly between aiming down sights and activating Alt-Fire: Squeeze it halfway down to aim down the iron sights; squeeze it all the way down to activate your rechargeable Alt-Fire attack. Switching between modes on a single trigger will become second nature for players in no time.

Players should also be prepared to be haunted by the extremely realistic 3D audio capabilities of PS5 with compatible headphones. In Returnal, Housemarque have taken audio immersion to new levels, and the soundscape will add a whole new layer of comprehending the action. Even in a moment of silence players can take in the atmosphere and feel like they are actually alone on an alien planet, with the soundscape created from the elements.

Head here for more information on Returnal and get ready to join Selene on a brand new Housemarque adventure at the edge of the galaxy only on PlayStation 5 on March 19, 2020.


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While not travelling, reading, gaming, watching films AND writing reviews and articles, Alex loves exploring the shops of Melbourne searching for classic pop culture trinkets.

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