A game listing for what appears to be Returnal has appeared on Steam’s database, suggesting the currently PlayStation 5 exclusive could be the next Sony game to appear on PC.
The localisation portion of the listing mentions Atropos, the alien planet where Returnal is set, the Tower of Sisyphus, Returnal’s endless mode, and Helios, the ship from which Returnal’s protagonist arrives in and respawns from on each new run.
It appears Returnal is headed to Steam
— Nibel (@Nibellion) May 26, 2022
The game is also tagged as a single player third-person shooter with online co-op and lots of exploration in an atmospheric world, is a sci-fi rogue-like, and also features a female protagonist. For those unfamiliar, this describes Returnal pretty much perfectly.
Sony has recently confirmed that it sees expanding to multiple platforms as a key part of its gaming growth strategy, with previous-PlayStation exclusives God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn receiving PC ports in the last couple of years.
It was the developers themselves that pushed for the expansion into PC gaming as God of War’s director Cory Barlog revealed in January that he and other studio heads had suggested it several times.
So far, the only PlayStation Studios games to arrive on PC are the aforementioned God of War and Horizon plus Bend Studio’s Days Gone and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection.
In our 8/10 review of Returnal, IGN said: „Its roguelike runs are too long and it needs a way to save in the middle of them, but Returnal’s third-person shooter action, clever story, and atmosphere are excellent.“
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.