Although the presumed properties for the initial PlayStation 5 launch up were already present with games such as God of War: Ragnarok alongside Horizon Forbidden West and the long due Gran Turismo 7, Sony Interactive Entertainment has once again collaborated with Housemarque for one more project, Returnal. The game pins itself to be a ever changing experience as players enter a dungeon-like planet where death is permanent.
Following the game’s release earlier this spring, it was no surprise the next move that Sony Interactive Entertainment took for the team – a full-on acquisition. At the time, Bluepoint Games was told to be welcomed to the PlayStation first-party family too, however, that was later not the case. It was not until this past month that the developer was properly initiated into the network of PlayStation studios.
This week, Housemarque went on to feature a new update for Returnal which includes photo mode and a new ‘Suspend Cycle’ mode for players looking to continue their progress. You can watch the update trailer in the video below:
“One of the main features of this update is the Suspend Cycle functionality, which will allow you to pause your cycle to be continued later, letting you exit the game and turn off your console without losing your progress in that session,” Harry Krueger, Housemarque Game Director explains in the blog post.
“The structure of the game remains unchanged, so this functionality is not a traditional mid-game ‘Save Game’ option: by suspending the cycle, Returnal will simply create a single use suspend point, and once you resume playing the suspend point is deleted and cannot be used again. Your game will continue directly from the moment you left it, and if you want to suspend the cycle again, your progress will be captured from that new point onwards.”
For the overall experience, we suggest you read our full review for Returnal. “This intense, pulse pounding action experience on top of all of the other things I have mentioned all add up to making Returnal my favorite Playstation 5 game so far, and one of my favorite action games of the last few years, critic David Rodriguez describes. You can read the full piece by heading here.
Do you plan to use the new features added to Returnal?
Returnal is out now for PlayStation 5.
Source: PlayStation Blog