Returnal Release Date: What We Know So Far

Returnal looks to have famed Resogun developers Housemarque dip their toes into the third person shooter genre with the psychological space-thriller.
Returnal looks to have famed Resogun developers Housemarque dip their toes into the third person shooter genre with the psychological space-thriller. / Photo by Chaz Frazer / DBLTAP

Returnal release date information is currently scarce, as we only got a short cinematic trailer setting up the story and a few gameplay snippets from famed Resogun developers Housemarque. Set on a strange alien world, a pilot with heterochromia iridum (or she just lost a contact) crashes and is somehow reliving the moments of the descent, crash, an attack and her death over and over - Groundhog Day style.

Despite being attacked by strange, nightmarish flora and fauna, it appears as if the planet itself is changing, becoming more sinister every time she revives as it infiltrates further into her mind and memories with each new lease on life.

With no way to escape the endless cycle, the player must traverse this world and learn of its secrets in order to find some way, any way to escape. 

From the few shots of gameplay that we did see, Housemarque has entered new territory with a terrestrial third person shooter, but the elements of Resogun bullet-hell remain. It will be interesting to see how important the combat is to the game, and how deep the system will go.

Returnal Release Date: When Does it Come Out?

Returnal, unlike other games revealed during the PS5 reveal event, was given no release date, window, or development timetable. More information should be made available soon, as we also learn more details regarding the Playstation 5’s price, and release date this holiday season.

Housemarque is most well known for the PS4 launch title Resogun in 2013, as well as 2017’s Matterfall and Nex Machina. Their pedigree is best known for 3D SHMUPS, but nonetheless those who set their eyes on the Returnal trailer now have something new from the devs to look forward to. Rest assured it seems that they are up to the challenge.