Sony has announced that the exclusive title Returnal for PlayStation 5 will be released five weeks later than planned.
First demonstrated as part of Sony’s PS5 Showcase, Returnal looks set to be a sci-fi masterpiece similar to movies like Alien.
Developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the game was set for a March 19 release.
In a recent Tweet, Sony has confirmed that the game has now been delayed by around five weeks in order to bring the game to a release standard.
“Update: Returnal has a new release date of April 30, 2021.
S.I.E 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. “
Returnal itself is a science fiction psychological horror set on another planet.
A lone female astronaut must survive the strange world and its myriad of deadly creatures.
On top of that, she is stuck in a time loop that offers some more of the plot upon each resurrection following death.
From trailers and media released by both the developer and publisher, the game itself looks quite impressive.
A blend of hardcore action and sci-fi mystery, Returnal looks set to be PlayStation 5’s first classic original title.
Returnal has been made from the ground up for PS5 and takes advantage of its unique hardware.
The machine’s haptic feedback features, adaptive triggers, and mind-blowing Tempest 3D audio are all utilized in the game.
Following CD Projekt RED’s abysmal and shameful release of the still unfinished Cyberpunk 2077, it appears that Sony is going out of its way to ensure a finished product.
The games giant took a hit with the release of Cyberpunk 2077 which saw a record amount of refund requests.
This resulted in Sony actually apologizing to consumers and pulling the game from the PlayStation store in an unprecedented move.
Xbox decided not to pull the game but issued warnings instead.
Despite this, Cyberpunk 2077 has sold over 10 million copies across consoles and PC and is the only single-player game in Steam’s top 5.
While news of a delay for any game is always disappointing, any gamer would rather wait for a finished product than a buggy mess.
A developer could be forgiven for the odd bug and glitch that can be fixed with a quick patch.
But not every bug or issue can be detected through QA testing but all too often now, games are going released half-baked.
Marvel’s Avengers and No Man’s Sky are two more examples of games that were released unfinished.
Since then, however, both of these games have gone on to redeem themselves due to aggressively determined development staff who worked extremely hard to fix the problems.
It seems that CDPR is dragging their heels a little however, and while Cyberpunk 2077 is actually a great game, it’s got a long way to go.
PlayStation 5’s Returnal release date is now scheduled for April 30, 2021.
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