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Returnal

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Housemarque
Release Date: Feb. 15, 2023

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'Returnal' Gets PC Release Date, System Requirements And Features Revealed - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 18, 2023 @ 10:55 a.m. PST

Returnal transforms roguelike gameplay into a third-person shooter where players fight to survive a hostile planet that changes with every death.

In Returnal you get to dive deep into the mind of Selene, an Astra space scout trapped in a hellish loop of endless resurrection while trapped on a hostile planet. The roguelike formula mixed with exploration platformer elements allow for a unique way to explore the planet and continue the battle she is fighting. Of course, there will be plenty of arcade flourishes present, so prepare to be bombarded by volleys of bullet-hell projectiles along the way.

Every weapon has an alternative firing mode, and each of these “Alt-Fire” modes can be found on any weapon. By using the Adaptive Trigger players can move seamlessly between aiming down sights and activating Alt-Fire: Squeeze it halfway down to aim down the iron sights; squeeze it all the way down to activate your rechargeable Alt-Fire attack. Switching between modes on a single trigger will become second nature in no time.

Players should also be prepared to be haunted by the extremely realistic 3D audio capabilities of PS5 with compatible headphones. In Returnal we have taken audio immersion to new levels, and the soundscape will add a whole new layer of comprehending the action around you. Even in a moment of silence you can take in the atmosphere and feel like you are actually alone on an alien planet, with the soundscape created from the elements.


So far, not many details have been released on any specific features that will add to the experience and immersion on PC, so let's get to the good stuff.

NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FSR have been added, allowing you to dial up your framerate without compromising on resolution. NVIDIA NIS has also been added for those players who also want to see an increase in performance, but don't have the hardware to support DLSS or FSR.

Returnal also supports ray-traced shadows as before, but now our friends at Climax Studios have added the support for RT reflections as well. This will make the contrast of a dark setting and neon bullets pop out even more than before.* All of this can be now seen in two new wide resolution formats, Ultrawide at 21:9 and Super Ultrawide 32:9. Think of all of that screen real estate that you will be able to take in when you're not in the middle of a giant boss fight.

Returnal PC SPECS

 MINIMUMMEDIUMRECOMMENDEDEPICRAY TRACING
AVG Performance720P @ 60FPS1080P @ 60FPS1080P @ 60FPS4K @ 60FPS4K @ 60FPS*
Graphics SettingsLowMediumHighEpicEpic
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB)
AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB)
NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super (8 GB)
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12 GB)
NVIDIA RTX 3080 (10 GB)
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (16 GB)
NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti (12 GB)
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT (16 GB)
CPUIntel Core i5-6400 (4 core 2.7GHz)
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (4 core 3.5GHz)
Intel Core i5-8400 (6 core 2.8GHz)
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (6 core 3.4GHZ)
Intel i7-8700 (6 core 3.7 GHz)
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (8 core 3.7 GHz)
Intel i7-9700K (8 core 3.7 GHz)
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X (8 core 3.6 GHz)
Intel i9-11900K (8 core 3.5 GHz)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X (12 core 3.7 GHz)
RAM16 GB DDR416 GB DDR416 GB DDR432 GB DDR432 GB DDR4
OSWindows 10 64-bit (version 1903)Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)Windows 10 64-bit (version 1903)
STORAGE60 GB HDD
(SSD Recommended)
60 GB SSD60 GB SSD60 GB SSD60 GB SSD

*Use of performance enhancing upscaling like NVIDIA DLSS is recommended when using both ray-traced reflections and ray-traced shadows.

Grab your favourite pair of headphones to experience the 3D sound of Returnal on PC! Enjoy the award-winning audio and music through Dolby Atmos, two 3D audio solutions, or 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. And with custom ray-traced audio, you can fully immerse yourself in Returnal's atmosphere.

All of this is best experienced on a DualSense controller in its full haptic feedback and adaptive trigger glory.**** Experience each encounter with nudges and rumbling cues coming directly to your fingertips, adding an extra layer of communication as an advantage to the player. Support for Keyboard & Mouse is also available, along with a wide range of customisation options to tailor the controls to whatever suits you.

Not only can you look forward to getting back into the battle almost instantly with super fast loading times, but Housemarque are using the haptic feedback of the DualSense wireless controller to give players extra awareness of gameplay. You'll be able to feel the natural ambience of this alien planet as the controller mimics its environmental effects.

Currently available on PS5, Returnal is coming to PC on February 15, 2023.


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