Some concepts left on the chopping room ground for Returnal might find yourself in Housemarque’s subsequent recreation.
Talking to VGC, senior narrative designer Eevi Korhonen mentioned the way forward for the studio and whether or not the story of Selene was completed.
“Returnal was so formidable,” Korhonen stated. “We dreamt tremendous huge, however we nonetheless needed to go away a lot on the chopping room ground. All of those concepts and narrative programs. I am tremendous excited to choose up these items and see how these match our new IP story.”
When requested if the story of Selene was completed, she stated: “I am unable to touch upon that an excessive amount of. However I believe the boys did slip someday earlier this 12 months that we’re engaged on an authentic IP. In fact, if we return to Selene’s story after that, stays to be seen.”
Returnal was Housemarque’s most formidable undertaking, including narrative parts to shoot-em-up gameplay as an extension of the studio’s earlier arcade-style video games.
“We did not fairly have the deal with on how huge [Returnal] was going to be, constructing for a brand new platform on a brand new engine with a brand new staff, all of these issues require some studying. Now we’ve got that staff that has gone by way of the hearth and discovered the way to construct a recreation like Returnal. So now we get to start out off stronger,” stated Korhonen.
“I believe we have discovered the significance of pacing and the way troublesome that’s in a rogue-like recreation,” she stated, discussing what the staff discovered. “It’s extremely laborious to regulate and say ‘okay, now we hit them with this good story beat’, that is sort of the great thing about linear video games, you get to regulate that completely completely.
“Letting go of that and someway constructing the sandbox or the playground for gamers in a approach meaning sure story blocks turn out to be accessible is difficult.”
The BAFTA award winning game is ready to quickly arrive on Sony’s PS Plus subscription, the place Housemarque managing director Ilari Kuittinen is hopeful it will reach a new audience.
There are additionally rumours the sport might be headed to PC.
For extra on Returnal, take a look at our interview with Selene voice actress Jane Perry on embodying psychological trauma.