Excellent PlayStation roguelike Returnal is coming to PC

Returnal PC
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Returnal popped up in the Nvidia database leak (opens in new tab) last year. It popped up in the Steam database over the summer (opens in new tab), and screenshots of its settings leaked online. It was just a matter of time, but it's been quite a wait. And now, finally, it's official: the PlayStation 5 exclusive roguelike shooter is on its way to PC, exclusive no more.

Sony announced Returnal's PC port during tonight's Game Awards with a short trailer, with host Sydnee Goodman adding that it'll be out in early 2023.

Returnal is a third-person shooter with combat that pulls from bullet hell shmups, with enemies firing big globs of glowing, spherical bullets hurling their way towards you in set patterns. It always struck me as a game better suited to a mouse and keyboard than a controller; sounds like we'll know if I was right within just a couple months.

Sony added some scant details and screenshots about the PC port on the PlayStation Blog (opens in new tab), stating that "the bells and whistles are there... including the relentless challenge of the Tower of Sisyphus and online co-op mode."

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Wes Fenlon
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Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.


When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).