Returnal is a freaky new sci-fi action-horror shooter

Break the cycle.

During the PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming broadcast, Sony showed off a new horror third-person shooter IP called Returnal.

Developed Housemarque, Returnal follows a woman trapped on an alien world, endlessly repeating a cycle. It looks like a trippy affair with strong Control/Alan Wake vibes. Footage of the game in action showed surprisingly meaty combat, with demonic monsters assaulting the player. Fortunately, it looks like we’ll be more than capable of dishing the damage out in return, wielding a futuristic rifle and performing dramatic dashes.

Returnal PS5 reveal trailer
© Sony

Based on the themes of repetition and a changing world, it seems likely Returnal will involve procedural Roguelite mechanics, shifting the world you explore each time you die and set out again. If that's the case, expect plenty of upgrade opportunities as you strive to break the cycle on this alien world. While the combat looks action packed, the story appears for more unsettling, with the protagnist looking more than a bit unsettled over the course of the trailer. We’ll update as soon as we have further information on Returnal, but for now you can check out the trailer below.

This news arrived as part of the PlayStation PS5 Future of Gaming Show. We're covering all the biggest news and game reveals form the hour-long showcase. It's the first real look at the PlayStation 5's lineup of titles, including Gran Turismo, a new Ratchet & Clank and more. As we're covering the show live, expect these articles to be updated as more information arrives. To keep up to date on all the details covered during the show, but sure to check out our PS5 tab by clicking here. The PlayStation 5 is due to release this holiday season.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at, or catch him on Twitter.


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