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Returnal gets a new trailer: Release date, gameplay, pre-order and more news

All you need to know about the PS5 exclusive.

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Published: Thursday, 25th February 2021 at 10:20 pm

Sony is known for making strong exclusive games for the PlayStation and the recently released PS5 is no exception with another title only PlayStation owners can play on the way.


Using the latest technology available to developers, Returnal looks set to be an epic sci-fi tale with plenty of twists for players to find as they play their way through the game.

Here’s everything we know so far about Returnal.

When is the Returnal release date?

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This PS5 exclusive will be landing on the console in the first quarter of 2021 - 30th April to be precise. That release date is officially confirmed, so you can mark that date in your diary now. In the meantime, there are plenty of other PS5 games to keep you entertained.

What platforms can I get Returnal on?

There is only one way you will get to play Returnal, and that is if you have been lucky enough to get hold of PS5 stock. As far as we know right now, the game will not launch of PS4, PC or any other platform. It's a PS5 exclusive in the truest sense of the word, but only time will tell if it becomes one of the best PS5 games.

Returnal story and gameplay

Including a unique gameplay mechanic which sees the world rewriting itself every time you die, Returnal looks set to be an interesting spin on the sci-fi adventure formula. The developers from Housemarque revealed more about the gameplay in a recent Sony State of Play, and you can watch that footage right here:

To sum up the Returnal story, this is the official synopsis: "Set in a futuristic science fiction setting, the player controls Selene, a female space pilot, equipped with a suit and armed with high-tech weapons, who is stranded on an alien planet and stuck in a time loop. After every death, the pilot is resurrected, following a pattern of traversing across foreign environments and combating extraterrestrial entities with growing visions in an ever-changing world."

Can I pre-order Returnal?

You certainly can, both Amazon and GAME are just two places that have the game listed so it can be yours on release day. Of course, you could always buy the game directly on your console, but sometimes you'll get a better price by pre-ordering through a third-party retailer. Most places, including Amazon, have a pre-order price guarantee which could save you some money.

Is there a trailer for Returnal?

Indeed there is. Check out the official announcement trailer and see just how good this game looks.

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