Returnal Release Date and Gameplay Revealed During The Game Awards

Returnal Release Date and Gameplay Revealed During The Game Awards

During this year's The Game Awards, we got a new look at Housemarque's Returnal. The game will launch next March on the PS5.

During Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards, we received a gameplay trailer for Housemarque’s Returnal. On top of that, it was also announced that the game will launch on March 19, 2021. You can watch the new trailer below.

The gameplay trailer shows off the different areas you can explore and the types of enemies you’ll face. We also get an idea of the roguelike elements in the game. Several times in the trailer we see Selene, the main character die followed by a shot of her waking up before she goes back to fight. Towards the end, we see shots of who could be Selene on a farm, which could hint at her past somehow.

Returnal follows Selene, an Astra space scout who’s trapped in an endless loop on a planet. This is the latest game from Housemarque, a developer more known for bullet-hell games like Super Stardust and Resogun. It was first announced back in June during PlayStation’s Future of Gaming showcase.

Over on the PlayStation Blog, we get some more details on the game. In addition to fast loading times, the game will take advantage of 3D audio and the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback. For each weapon you use, there is an “alt-fire” mode and you can switch to it using the adaptive triggers on the controller. As Housemarque points out, switching back and forth between “alt-fire” and aiming down your sights will be essential to the game.

There were so many announcements during The Game Awards. Bioware showed off new looks at Dragon Age 4 and teased the return of Mass Effect. We also got updates on new content coming to games like Among Us and Fall Guys. Additionally, Perfect Dark has been announced from The Initiative, one of Xbox’s first-party studios.

Returnal launches on the PlayStation 5 on March 19, 2021. Stay tuned to DualShockers for news on the game and other next-gen games.