Help, Returnal Looks Terrifying

returnal crab monster
Illustration: Housemarque / Sony

Today, Sony released a trailer and a collection of artwork for Returnal, an upcoming PS5-exclusive bullet hell game from the makers of Resogun. The game looks neat. It also looks positively terrifying.

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Exhibit A:

returnal tentacle monster
Screenshot: Housemarque / Sony

If that looks like a waterlogged version of a clicker from The Last of Us, you’re not far off. Housemarque, the studio behind Returnal, drew inspiration from the depths of the sea—a well of the unknown that potentially houses more horror than anything else in the universe, including space.

“There is something inherently unsettling and foreign about the deep-sea as an environment for us,” Harry Kreuger, Returnal’s creative director, wrote in a blog post, echoing thoughts shared by every human being on the planet who’s considered that we’ve only explored 5 percent of the ocean.

Returnal doesn’t just feature nightmares from the deep. As player-character Selene, you’ll also fight crabs with mini-Sarlacc mouths:

returnal crab monster
Screenshot: Housemarque / Sony
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And then there’s whatever the hell this abyssal monstrosity is:

returnal tentacle monster
Image: Housemarque / Returnal
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I fully plan on playing Returnal. I’m also aware that I’ll likely never sleep again.

Returnal comes out for PlayStation 5 on April 30. Here’s a new trailer:

Staff Writer, Kotaku

DISCUSSION

umfozzles
Umfozzles

Man, I am loving the look of this game though in that trailer! The gunplay and gameplay looks super smooth, which is what’s really important in a game like this. I like the look of that side dash too, nice and quick. All the creatures look cool and fun to fight, cool art style. The gameplay kinda gives me a Recore vibe, or Earth Defense Force, but more polished looking which would be awesome.

Now, if only I had a PS5! Could you imagine being a dev and releasing a game for only PS5 right now? I kinda almost feel bad for them, not the biggest audience I would imagine yet.