PlayStation Studios and House Marque have released some new footage of Returnal. The trailer is titled ‘Hostiles’ and shows off some of the enemies Selene will encounter in Returnal. The enemies shown are very out of this world and players can expect each enemy to be as unique as possible with special attacks and personalties.
The dash mechanic plays a big role in how Selene interacts with these enemies as your spatial awareness will be put to the test, as enemies have their own personalities you will need to be aware of the attack patterns to conquer Returnal. Here is a quote from Harry Krueger Creative Director, Housemarque regarding what the inspiration was for the enemies in Returnal.
“When creating the organic enemies of Returnal, one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me was looking at bioluminescent deep-sea creatures. In many ways, they felt like the most alien lifeforms one could find here on Earth. There is something inherently unsettling and foreign about the deep sea as an environment for us. The way these creatures move deep underwater, with their long tentacles and bioluminescent highlights, can often appear majestic, beautiful, and downright terrifying. It’s also not uncommon for these creatures to use their luminous beauty to allure or distract their prey (for example, with a dazzling display of bioluminescence), and suddenly strike when their prey is least expecting it. This combination of chaotic beauty and nightmarish aggression was something we aimed to capture with our organic creatures’ aesthetic.”
Check out the trailer below. Returnal releases exclusively on the PlayStation 5 on April 30th.