Sony has announced that the sci-fi psychological horror game, Returnal, has been delayed. The new release date is April 30th, 2021. They tweeted out the update stating that the delay is “in order to give the team extra time to continue to polish the game to the level of quality players expect from Housemarque”.
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
The Finnish development studio is best known for hits such as Resogun and Nex Machina. Both were well received so it’s no surprise that Sony has faith in the studio to deliver a solid product after this delay. In the aforementioned tweet, it was stated that the decision was made by both SIE and Housemarque. Sony has a reputation for working closely with developers making exclusive games, not just their first-party studios. The short delay indicates that both parties want to squash most of the bugs to improve the launch experience.
Returnal is a third-person shooter with elements of psychological horror and science-fiction. The game follows Selene, who crash-lands on a bizarre alien world. While attempting to escape, she realises that every time she is defeated she is forced to restart her journey in a seemingly endless loop. By adapting to changes in the world and picking up new things along the way, Selene (and thus you, the player) should soon be able to overcome any obstacle and master the dynamics of this unique world.
With Returnal delayed, one must hope that it doesn’t disrupt Sony’s release schedule for the rest of their 2021 line-up. With huge games such as Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West also on their way, it’s important that each game has time to breathe and gets the attention that they deserve.
As with many upcoming PS5/PS4 exclusives, Returnal is set to take full advantage of the PS5. With adaptive triggers that allow for alternate firing modes depending on how far you pull down L2. Plus faster loading time with the SSD, haptic feedback and Tempest 3D audio.