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Housemarque Details Returnal Story in New Trailer

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Sony Interactive Entertainment along with Housemarque teased the deep mysteries awaiting players on the upcoming sci-fi action thriller Returnal.

“Today, we are very proud to debut our new story trailer for Returnal with you all and reveal more information about the game’s story ahead of next month’s release,” said Housemarque narrative designer Greg Louden in a blog post. “This PS5 exclusive combines explosive action, roguelike elements, and cinematic storytelling to create a dark, sci-fi action thriller.

“Storytelling is a big new feature to Housemarque games and we have a bold story to tell. Our goal with Returnal is to tell a mysterious, layered, and haunting story that – like our explosive action gameplay and roguelike twists – is something you discover, replay, and rethink on every play.

“Our narrative direction and storytelling philosophy with Returnal is that the story should not compromise the gameplay. Instead, it should rationalize, deepen, and blend with it.”

View the story trailer below:


Our story follows Selene, a Greek-American ASTRA deep space scout who is a complex and layered character that is driven to a fault, intelligent, and resourceful. For the first time in her career she goes against orders to travel to the alien planet Atropos to follow the “White Shadow” broadcast signal. Upon arrival she crash lands in an alien forest.

Here she discovers the ruins of an alien civilisation filled with statues, gates, xeno-tech, and alien corpses. But she’s not alone. The planet’s surface is teeming with hostile creatures that attack Selene on sight, as well as other threats left by the world’s former inhabitants.

Returnal is one of the most underhyped games to be released this year, the game’s announcement took place during The Future of Gaming where it was also announced Horizon Forbidden, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, Spider-Man: Miles Morales,  and Demon’s Souls.

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