Originally scheduled to release on March 19, PlayStation has announced that the release date of upcoming PS5 exclusive, Returnal, has been delayed to April 30, 2021. The decision to push back Returnal’s release was made by Sony and Housemarque to allow the development team to further polish the game.
Update: Returnal has a new release date of April 30, 2021. SIE and Housemarque have made the decision to move the release date in order to give the team extra time to continue to polish the game to the level of quality players expect from Housemarque.
See you in April! pic.twitter.com/xb6IBWJ5TQ
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) January 28, 2021
In case you’re unfamiliar, Returnal is a roguelite (or roguelike) third-person shooter from Housemarque, the creators of the PS4 exclusives Alienation and Matterfall. In the game, players will take on the role of Selene, a space pilot that’s stuck in a time loop on a hostile alien planet.
Returnal is described by PlayStation as:
“After crash-landing on this shape-shifting world, Selene must search through the barren landscape of an ancient civilization for her escape. Isolated and alone, she finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Again and again, she’s defeated – forced to restart her journey every time she dies.
Through relentless roguelike gameplay, you’ll discover that just as the planet changes with every cycle, so do the items at your disposal. Every loop offers new combinations, forcing you to push your boundaries and approach combat with a different strategy each time.”
Returnal is the first major PS5 exclusive releasing this year, and more titles are set to follow. Upcoming PS5 exclusives include Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West.