Footage of Returnal on PC appeared to leak earlier today, seemingly confirming that Housemarque’s roguelite will be joining Sony’s other first-party releases on the platform.
The leaked footage first appeared on Icon-Era after being uploaded to Youtube, showing off the options and customization of the PC version including ray-traced shadows, reflections, DLSS, and FSR. The footage was pulled by Sony not long after.
Assuming the footage is real, it shows that Returnal will receive significant enhancements over the PS5 release, which favored frame-rate over pure visual fidelity.
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First released in 2021, Returnal was lauded for its originality and its actions. In our review we wrote that “the moment-to-moment gameplay of Returnal is sublime,” and that it never drops the ball on the story, but that runs have a tendency to last too long. Housemarque has since released a number of improvements, including multiplayer co-op and the ability to save in the middle of runs.
Sony has yet to officially announce a PC version of Returnal, but it seems very likely given the recent pipeline that includes Spider-Man, God of War, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. It would be another showcase release for the Steam Deck, which we recently covered in a wide-ranging interview with Valve.
For now, Returnal’s PC release date remains unknown, but if the footage is real, an announcement appears imminent.