Returnal is a fascinating PS5 exclusive that justifies its roguelite gameplay mechanics by tying them to the overarching narrative themes of its story, particularly those of cycles and rebirth.

IGN spoke to developers from Housemarque and put together a fantastic video that explores how these themes are conveyed in-game, specifically focusing on the Derelict Citadel level.

If you want a deep dive into how Housemarque achieved this feat of creativity, then look no further. But if you are spoiler-sensitive, maybe beat the game first, as the video looks at the game as a whole and references end-game events.

How do you feel about Returnal, looking back? What do you think of this deep dive into the Derelict Citadel? Start over again in the comments section below.

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