Housemarque’s arcade-inspired roguelite shooter Returnal is ready to launch subsequent month, and a brand new story trailer reveals the way it gives a extra cerebral and private story than most of the studio’s earlier video games.
The trailer wastes no time getting us into precise gameplay, with protagonist Selene crash-landing on an alien planet and venturing into the unknown. Shortly, she discovers one individual she does know–herself, or reasonably her corpse. Her earlier self’s dying is seen replaying in her swimsuit’s cracked face masks.
However how may she be mendacity on the bottom, lifeless, when Selene is alive and effectively? It’s this narrative wrinkle on the coronary heart of Returnal, which makes use of it as its rationalization for the roguelite components that permeate the sport. Die, and you may hold some development, like unlocked talents, however you will even be beginning over when it comes to gear and assets.
We additionally briefly see a home that seems to be some form of reminiscence middle for Selene. It resembles the home from PT, and gives a mysterious and quiet respite from the motion. That motion ought to really feel considerably acquainted to anybody who has performed Housemarque’s earlier video games.
Regardless of Returnal being extra of a AAA expertise than video games like Nex Machine or Resogun, it maintains the bullet-dodging and frantic capturing. It additionally nonetheless options formidable bosses that can doubtless give us suits, and we’ll be capable of see if Housemarque succeeded in combining the previous with the brand new very quickly.
Returnal launches solely for PS5 on April 30. For extra on the sport, take a look at our Returnal preview exploring what it is wish to be trapped in a time loop.