Housemarque‘s PlayStation 5-exclusive title is going to provide solid performance even with ray tracing in the mix.
PlayStation’s official website revealed some technical details about the studio’s next pseudo bullet hell title: „Housemarque’s use of eye-popping visual effects – with screen-filling particle pyrotechnics – has become the studio’s signature. The power of [the] PlayStation 5 pushes that vision even further with full fluid simulations controlling weather and environments alongside innovative particle animations for enemies and environments.
Experience high-fidelity ambient lighting that is specifically designed to adapt in real-time to Atropos’ dynamic environment. Placing gameplay at the forefront of all it does, Housemarque maintains the highest standards for performance. Thanks to the incredible power of [the] PlayStation 5, the blistering combat and brooding visuals of Returnal’s unique world are delivered at a consistent 60 frames-per-second and a dynamic 4K resolution,” Sony wrote. What kind of black magic is Housemarque using? Until now, if we have both 60 FPS and ray tracing, the resolution was 1080p…
And here’s Returnal’s official description: „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.
Brought to life by stunning visual effects, the dark beauty of the decaying world around you is packed with explosive surprises. From high stakes, bullet hell-fueled combat, to visceral twists and turns through stark and contrasting environments. You’ll explore, discover and fight your way through an unforgiving journey, where mystery stalks your every move. Designed for extreme replayability, the procedural world of Returnal invites you to dust yourself off in the face of defeat and take on new, evolving challenges with every rebirth.”
Returnal will launch on April 30, exclusively on PlayStation 5.