Anodyne 2: Return to Dust

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Developer: Analgesic Productions
Release Date: Feb. 18, 2021

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'Anodyne 2: Return to Dust' Comes To Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Next Month - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2021 @ 5:43 p.m. PST

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is an action adventure game where you enter an evocative, surreal, lo-fi 3D and 2D world.

Awaken to a surreal realm of dream-logic as Nova, The Center’s newest-appointed Nano Cleaner. After Nova’s guardians welcome her to the world, they explain her purpose: shrinking to enter denizens of the land, then removing any Nano Dust distorting their emotions and desires. Go forth into the beautifully bizarre world of New Theland on a journey playing with the conventions of genre, perspective, and tone.

Explore expansive 3D landscapes inspired by the PlayStation 1 and Nintendo 64 era. Transform into a car to quickly cover ground in the overworld, then shrink down to enter denizens in need of assistance. Upon entering their mindscapes, the world shifts to a gorgeous 2D GBA/SNES-like aesthetic representing Anodyne 2’s dungeons. Wisely wield Nova’s Nano Vacuum to solve puzzles, battle bosses, and ultimately clean up the troublesome Nano Dust. 

Investigate the many mysteries of New Theland to discover Cards. Deposit Nano Dust and Cards at the main city to unlock more of the world and encounter perspectives differing from The Center’s established ideals. Perhaps simply vacuuming problems out instead of analyzing and coping with them ultimately harms rather than heals. Continue to donate Nano Dust to The Center to maintain a safe status quo, or learn an altogether new way to live.

“Anodyne 2 drifts from whimsical to sometimes strange and scary places,” said Melos Han-Tani, co-founder of Analgesic Studios. “But ultimately it’s been known to inspire hope, and we welcome a new audience into our world with open arms.”


  • In 3D, run, jump and drive across gorgeous and haunting locales, speaking with strange and memorable characters.
  • Choose where you want to go! The sweeping vistas of New Theland quickly open up to exploration. Instantly transform into a car to quickly drive around the world.
  • In 2D, use your Nano Vacuum to collect dust, suck up and fight enemies, all while overcoming mind-bending challenges related to the characters’ inner lives.
  • Seek magical Cards which expand your access into New Theland’s outer reaches.
  • Experience the thrilling and emotional story of Nova. Her destiny is clear: she is the Nano Cleaner who will save New Theland. But strange characters & painful experiences will put her loyalty to the test...

Currently available for PC (Steam, Kartridge, GOG, Itch, and Humble storefronts), Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch on February 18, 2021 for $19.99.

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