Returnal, the 2021 horror roguelike from Housemarque, is heading away from being a PS5 exclusive and hitting PC, as announced at this year’s The Game Awards. It could have been announced anywhere, but for it winning Best Action Game at last year’s Game Awards with nominations for Best Audio Design and Game Direction, it fits well to unveil this news at the top of the award show.
Last month a Returnal PC release was found in Steam’s database. PlayStation has been making a big push for keyboard and mouse gamers as both Spider-Man games from Insomniac have swung to Steam, God of War axed its way in, and the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection bundled up to show the company’s stance on PC gaming.
Returnal is coming to PC after a year of PS5 exclusivity
The game follows explorer Selene Vassos as she crash lands on the alien planet Atropos. She must find answers as she finds evidence that she has been there before without any memory of being there before the crash. It leads her to an endless loop of death and horror as aliens attack her. The developer delivered a mix of roguelike mechanics to a third-person shooter with heavy cosmic horror inspirations. It was a solid hit with great reviews, as it sits with 86 on Metacritic.
The Returnal PC trailer delivered gameplay of Selene dodging colorful projectiles while blasting aliens. You get to see the various biomes that the game offers between each boss. Unfortunately, no other information was provided. No release date was given either.
PlayStation currently has a fairly empty slate after God of War Ragnarok was released a few weeks ago. We know we have Spider-Man 2, Wolverine, and The Last of Us Factions, but Phase 2 of the PS5 is mostly unknown. Although it is just a port, putting Returnal on PC furthers the push to the platform for the company and can settle gamers while they await what major studios like Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, and more are working on.