Tag: Returnal

  • News Returnal PS5 Update 3.03 Available Now, Here Are the Patch Notes

    We go again

    Update: Housemarque waited until just after we set our news story live to publish its list of patch notes for this Returnal update. As it happens, the notes don't go over what's changed as far as balancing is concerned. They do confirm a series of bug fixes, however, including some found while playing co-op. Here are the patch notes in...

  • News Returnal Celebrates a Year Since PS5 Release

    What a year

    Returnal, comfortably one of the Best PS5 Games, is now a year old. Time flies when you’re having fun, and boy have we had fun with this deep-space third-person shooter! The game, a punishing roguelike, went on to become a fan favourite – and has won a slew of awards over the past 12 months, including the top gong at the recent...

  • News Here's Why Returnal Won BAFTAs for Music and Audio Design

    New video highlights Ascension's music tech

    In case you missed it, Returnal cleaned up at the recent BAFTA Games Awards. Selene might be trapped in an ever-repeating hell, but at least her struggle has earned developer Housemarque a total of four golden masks. The awards include Best Performance in a Leading Role (thanks to Jane Perry), Best Game,...

  • News Returnal Team Hopeful PS Plus Extra Members Will 'Dare to Try It'

    Fond of subscription services

    Returnal's managing director Ilari Kuittinen hopes PS Plus Extra members will "dare to try" the game when it's rolled out to subscribers as part of the service's big relaunch in June. Speaking to Eurogamer after the

  • News Sci-Fi PS5 Exclusive Returnal Sweeps the BAFTAs, Wins Best Game

    Finland will party tonight

    We couldn’t help feeling that Housemarque got robbed a little bit at The Game Awards last year, so it’s good to see the Finnish studio finally receive the recognition it deserves at the BAFTAs. At a glitzy event in London overnight, the freshly minted PlayStation Studio took home the gongs for Audio Achievement, best...

  • Hands On Returnal's New Co-Op and Endless Modes Reinvigorate a PS5 Great

    Back in the loop

    It's no secret we're big fans of Returnal here at Push Square. Its rogue-like elements certainly aren't to everyone's tastes, but we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Selene's time-looping escapades on Atropos. It's an extremely compelling adventure, not to mention satisfying when you overcome some serious challenges along the way...

  • Poll Are You Playing Returnal's Ascension Update?

    Returning to Returnal

    Returnal got a big old update this week — a patch so significant that it has its own name. The so-called Ascension update (which is totally free if you own the game) adds online co-op play, as well as the Tower of Sisyphus, which is a new challenge mode. It's the kind of update that's designed to add value to Returnal as a...

  • Guide Returnal Guide: Tips, Tricks, and All You Need to Know

    How to survive and thrive in Returnal on PS5

    Returnal is a PS5 exclusive third-person shooter from Finnish developer Housemarque. It's a fast-paced, challenging run n' gunner with rogue-lite elements, and we love it, awarding it a 9/10 in our review. In this Returnal guide, we will be going over everything in the game. We'll explain how to earn

  • Guide Returnal: How to Play the Tower of Sisyphus Endless Mode

    Where and how to access Tower of Sisyphus

    How do you play the Tower of Sisyphus mode in Returnal? What is the Tower of Sisyphus and how do you reach it? The Tower of Sisyphus is an alternative mode you can play in Returnal, offering you a more arcade-like challenge than the main game. As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to explain everything...

  • Guide Returnal: How to Play Online Co-Op

    How to start playing co-op

    How do you play online co-op in Returnal? How can you access Returnal's co-op mode on PS5? The Ascension update added two-player online co-op to Returnal, allowing a pair to team up and tackle Atropos together. As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to explain how co-op works. Returnal: How to Play Online Co-Op:...

  • Guide Returnal: All Trophies and How to Get the Platinum

    How to get all the Trophies in Returnal

    In this Returnal Trophy roadmap, we're going to reveal how to unlock the Platinum Trophy in this PS5 exclusive shooter. As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to outline all the Trophies in the game — including those added with the Ascension expansion — complete with their descriptions and how to get...

  • News Returnal's Free Ascension Update Out on PS5 Now

    One more cycle

    Update: Returnal: Ascension, the game’s new free update, adds a total of seven new Trophies to the game. These all appear to be related to the new Tower of Sisyphus mode, and we’ll stop short of sharing any spoilers here. You can, however, browse the full list of added trinkets through here. Original Story: Housemarque’s cult...

  • News Music from Returnal, Ratchet & Clank, Ghost of Tsushima Getting Vinyl Release

    Play it on a loop

    Update 18/3/22: It's not just Returnal getting the vinyl treatment. Milan Records has announced two other PlayStation titles are also getting their soundtracks released on record — Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Ghost of Tsushima (Iki Island and Legends). There's no date given in the official announcement, but as below,...

  • News Housemarque Shares Lengthy Look at Returnal's New Endless Mode

    18 minutes of gameplay

    Returnal's free Ascension update was one of the (few) highlights from Sony's latest State of Play showcase, and ahead of its 22nd March 2022 release, Housemarque has today shared an in-depth look at the game's new endless mode. It takes place in a new location called the Tower of Sisyphus, and tasks you with beating...

  • News Returnal: Ascension Adds Co-Op Play and Survival Mode in Huge Free Update

    "I'm seeing double! Four Selenes!"

    We've been hoping for some sort of new content for PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal, and it seems our patience has been rewarded. Developer Housemarque has just announced Returnal: Ascension, a massive game update that adds two totally new ways to play. Firstly, this update brings us the Tower of Sisyphus, a...

  • News This Dreams Recreation of Returnal's Archonact Is Staggering

    Larger than life

    Well, the Jurassic Park scene recreated in Dreams was good, but this may be better. At the very least, it matches it: Polish creator BadRobo82 has recreated Returnal’s Archonact, and it’s a real achievement. With floating cybernetic tentacles and menacing glowing eyes, this monster looks every bit as fearsome as it does in the...

  • News Not Everyone Had the Fortitude to Finish Returnal on PS5

    Can't be Returnarsed

    Games are designed to be beaten these days, especially Sony published ones. If you look at the completion rate for releases like God of War and The Last of Us 2, they’re extraordinarily high, despite delivering fairly long campaigns. Returnal is an exception: the punishing roguelike demands perfection, and current Trophy data...

  • News Is Returnal DLC Being Teased by Developer Housemarque?

    Mysterious image surfaces

    Historically, Housemarque is usually very good at supporting its games post-launch with updates and DLC. Of all its games, though, Returnal seems the most ripe for expansion with additional content. The PlayStation 5 shooter has had plenty of patches to bring it up to speed — including the addition of the much-requested...

  • News You Can Save Scum Using Returnal's New Suspend Cycle Feature on PS5

    The power of the cloud

    Returnal is an excellent arcade shooter that recently got that little bit better with its latest patch. A widely recognised criticism was that players couldn't save and quit part way through a run, forcing you to either see the run to the end or give up your current progress if you needed to stop playing. Housemarque finally...

  • News PS5's Returnal Wins Its First Game of the Year Award

    Start the cycle

    Could this be the start of a run for PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal? Despite it only being the end of October, the Develop:Star awards were hosted in Brighton last night, with Housemarque’s roguelike taking home a total of two gongs: Best Visual Art and that all-important Game of the Year. It was a big night for Sony, with...

  • News Returnal Update 2.0 Finally Lets You Suspend Your Run

    Also adds photo mode

    Easily the most requested feature since Returnal launched back in April, players will finally be able to quit the game without losing progress on their current run. Developer Housemarque calls the option 'Suspend Cycle', and it'll be introduced with the game's big 2.0 update, which is out today. To be clear, this isn't the same...

  • News Hades Dev Says Returnal Is One of His Favourite Games This Year

    And Housemarque reciprocates

    Hades is finally available on PlayStation 5 and PS4, and as you may have heard, it's a fantastic rogue-like action game. It's certainly one of the highest profile indie games in recent memory, and has been incredibly well received; it was even in contention for Game of the Year at 2020's Game Awards. PS5 owners have been...

  • Soapbox What Makes Returnal So Special

    Liam found a rogue-like to love

    Generally, I don't like the rogue-like genre. Just the idea of having to restart an entire game over again upon death sort of rubs me the wrong way. I want to be making progress at all times; having to replay sequences never entertains me. That need is probably why I so rarely replay games in general. A few classics...

  • News Returnal Update 1.4.1 Available on PS5 Today, Here Are the Patch Notes

    More alien bugs eliminated

    Returnal is in a much better spot now than it was at launch, with developer Housemarque pushing out numerous patches to get all the game's issues under control. It's a far more stable experience these days, but one or two problems do persist. Hopefully, patch 1.4.1, released today, will squash these remaining bugs. Over...

  • News Returnal PS5 Patch 1.4.0 Out Now, 5.6GB in Size

    Big balance and quality of life improvements

    Update: Housemarque promised the new Returnal patch would release today, 14th June, and it's kept true to its word. The update is available on the PlayStation 5 now, and weighs in at 5.6GB. A lot of the feedback we've read online has been extremely positive so far — there are a ton of tiny tweaks and...

  • News PS5 Architect Mark Cerny Adds Returnal's Platinum to His Collection of Prestigious Pots

    A gaming god

    PlayStation 5 architect Mark Cerny is not just a genius console designer: he’s also a better gamer than you. The industry veteran has made a habit of procuring some of the most challenging Platinum Trophies available, and he’s just added Housemarque’s uber-hard roguelite Returnal to his virtual cabinet. “My favourite moment:...

  • Reminder Returnal's Selene Costume Available Now for Sackboy: A Big Adventure as Free DLC

    Crash lands today

    Returnal and Sackboy: A Big Adventure are two completely different games. One's a frantic third person shooter with an endless death cycle, and the other's a light-hearted 3D platformer about collecting bubbles and bopping along to Uptown Funk. We'll let you work out which is which, but in any case, they're pretty far apart on the...

  • News Returnal Team Out to Prove It's More Than Just the 'Resogun Studio'

    Wants to make "bigger types of experiences"

    We think Finnish developer Housemarque has already proven it can create games on a big scale through Returnal, but it appears the team may not quite agree. Marketing director Mikael Haveri claims the studio wants to rid itself of the idea that it's just the "Resogun studio" by continuing to create bigger...

  • News Stylish Returnal Promo Brings the PS5 Game's Cycle to the Real World

    It's to the right

    Returnal is a game that concerns itself with cycles, trapping protagonist Selene in an endless loop in which she can't die. The intimidating world of Atropos shifts and changes between cycles, and players must go through dozens of runs in order to fight their way through the PlayStation 5 exclusive. We all know this already, but...

  • News Returnal Update 1.3.7 Arrives on PS5 Today, Here Are the Patch Notes

    More common issues fixed

    Update: This patch is available now, weighing in at just over 1GB. Original Story: Housemarque has revealed the latest patch for its fast-paced arcade shooter Returnal, which has been a little unstable since its launch. Some of the more egregious issues have been resolved, but the developer has been working to plug the...

  • News Sackboy: A Big Adventure DLC Brings Returnal's Selene to Craftworld on PS5

    Give her a change of scenery

    Update 21/5/21: As has been pointed out to us, this Selene costume for Sackboy: A Big Adventure costume has been confirmed to be free. Also, no platforms have been specified, so presumably it'll be available in the PS4 version of Sackboy too. We'll have to wait and see on that one, but hey, free stuff! Original Story:...

  • News Returnal's Save System Still Being Investigated, New Content in the Works

    Housemarque still not sure on best approach to save issues

    Returnal is one of the best PlayStation 5 games you can buy right now, but it has had one major criticism levelled at it: its save system – or lack thereof. Currently, the only way to retain your progress during a run is to put your console in Rest Mode, but this creates all kinds of...

  • Talking Point Returnal Story and Ending Explained - What Does It All Mean?

    Let's get spoilery

    Returnal has been out on PlayStation 5 now for a while, which means that a bunch of you have hopefully reached its conclusion by now. A big part of the game's appeal, aside from its slick bullet hell action, is its intriguing, mysterious story. Who exactly is Selene? Why has she ended up on the hostile planet Atropos? What's with...

  • Poll What Review Score Would You Give Returnal?

    The cycle repeats

    Returnal has been out for just over a week now, and the PlayStation 5 exclusive has been met with a wave of positivity. Just before launch, most reviews painted the intense shooter as a near essential purchase on Sony's new system — but what review score would you give Returnal? That's what we're here to find out. We gave the...

  • News Returnal Patch 1.3.6 Available Now on PS5, Fixes Lots of Common Issues and Crashes

    The cycle continues

    Housemarque is being put through its paces, as its PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal has been causing trouble with various bugs. A number of players have been hit with some pretty nasty problems, like doors not opening, the inability to pick up items, and game crashes. While those crashes might be a problem on Sony's side, it...

  • News Returnal Patch 1.3.4 Available Now on PS5, Fixes Nasty Save Errors

    New update ready to rock

    Update: Overnight, patch 1.3.4 for Returnal went live, which promises to fix the save-related issues the previous update introduced. So, just update your game to the latest version (the patch is roughly 1GB in size), and your progress will be a-okay — plus, you can enjoy the various bug fixes that 1.3.3 was intended to...

  • Random Dev Cheat Codes Discovered in Returnal Let You Spawn Weapons and Re-Roll Biomes

    But a patch is coming

    Here's a pretty fascinating story for you. Returnal, the excellent arcade shooter rogue-like from Housemarque, is generally resonating well among players, but there are some struggling with the difficulty and its perma-death structure. If you're in that camp, and wish there was a way to make things a little easier for yourself,...

  • Guide Returnal: How to Complete Biome Surveys

    How to unlock Survey Trophies in Returnal

    How do you do the Surveys in Returnal? How do you complete the biome surveys and unlock the survey Trophies? In Returnal, there are six Gold Trophies that you only unlock when you finish surveys of each of the game's areas. Trophies such as Past the Ruins, Ascending the Mountain, and Through the Forgotten...

  • Guide Returnal: Where to Find All Sunface Fragments

    How to get all the Sunface Fragments in Returnal

    Where are all the Sunface Fragments in Returnal? How do you find the Sunface Fragments? As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to tell you all about the Sunface Fragments, and what you need to do to get them. Returnal: Where to Find All Sunface Fragments: In Act 3 of Returnal (after you roll...

  • Guide Returnal: How to Break Yellow Barriers

    How to open yellow force fields in Returnal

    How do you break the yellow barriers in Returnal? What do you need to open and get through the yellow energy walls? As you play Returnal, you'll notice some yellow barriers that are blocking off optional rooms or concealing useful items. How do you get through these yellow walls? As part of our Returnal...

  • News Returnal Crashes May Be Sony's Problem, Other Bugs Being Investigated

    Crash landing

    While it’s certainly not affecting everyone, a number of Returnal players are experiencing crashes while playing the game. This is something Housemarque has acknowledged, although it’s suggested that the PlayStation 5 is the problem – and not necessarily the game. Writing on Discord, a spokesperson said: “This is an issue with...

  • News Housemarque Acknowledges Request for Mid-Run Saves in Returnal

    Halted progress

    Currently, you can’t save and quit in Returnal, meaning the only way to pause your progress mid-run is to put your PlayStation 5 in Rest Mode. Consequently, if you’re putting together a good attempt but run out of time – maybe you have a Netflix date or something – then you’re going to have to close the game and start over...

  • News Returnal Impresses with Particle Effects and Smooth Performance in Technical Breakdown

    Digital Foundry puts it through its paces

    Housemarque has always made games with oodles of style, focusing on eye-popping visual effects and sturdy performance. In this new video from Digital Foundry, the studio is clearly sticking to what it knows best with Returnal, pushing the PlayStation 5 with its custom Unreal Engine 4 tech. The technical...

  • News Housemarque Provides an Overview of Returnal in 30-Minute Gameplay Video

    Developer deep dive

    Returnal releases today exclusively on PlayStation 5, and we think it's a belter. The addictive arcade shooter seems to have made a big impression across the board, but if you need more convincing, perhaps this video will give you a better idea. In this new gameplay presentation, developer Housemarque discusses the game's basics...

  • News Returnal's Day One Patch Is 10GB, Improves Performance, Fixes Bugs, and More

    Ship shape

    Returnal is on the brink of release on PlayStation 5, and the good news is it's an excellent arcade shooter. Housemarque's latest is its biggest game by far, and it combines the studio's arcade expertise with a third person perspective and rogue-like elements to great effect. For our review, we played the game without the day one patch,...

  • Guide Returnal: All Bosses and How to Beat Them

    How to kill every boss in Returnal

    How do you kill all the bosses in Returnal? As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to tell you how to beat every boss fight in the game. If you're looking for some tips and advice on how to defeat all the bosses, we've got all that lined up for you below. Of course, beating boss battles will earn you a few...

  • Guide Returnal: How to Get Into the House

    How to unlock the door to the House

    How do you get inside the House in Returnal on PS5? How do you unlock the door to the House? As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to tell you how to get into the mysterious House that shows up throughout the game. If you intend to get the Platinum Trophy for Returnal, you'll need to gain access to the House...

  • Guide Returnal: How to Unlock Daily Challenge Mode

    How to unlock the Simulation mode in Returnal

    How do you unlock the Daily Challenge mode in Returnal? How can you play the daily Simulation Mode? In Returnal, you can play a Daily Challenge in addition to the main campaign. But how do you gain access to it? As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to explain how you can unlock the Simulation Mode...

  • Guide Returnal: Do You Have to Fight the Bosses More Than Once?

    Can you skip boss fights in Returnal?

    Do bosses stay dead in Returnal on PS5? Can you skip past boss fights once you've done them? As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to answer these questions right here, so you know what you're getting yourself into. If you're looking for advice on fighting the bosses, see our guide — Returnal: All Bosses...

  • Guide Returnal: What Do You Lose When You Die?

    What you keep and what you don't when you die in Returnal

    What do you lose when you die in Returnal? Do you lose absolutely everything and start fresh? Are there permanent upgrades? As part of our Returnal guide, we're going to outline what exactly happens when you die in this game. Read on to learn what is kept and what is lost when a run is over...