Some concepts left on the slicing 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 mentioned. “We dreamt tremendous huge, however we nonetheless needed to depart a lot on the slicing room ground. All of those concepts and narrative methods. 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 mentioned: “I can not touch upon that an excessive amount of. However I feel the boys did slip someday earlier this yr that we’re engaged on an unique IP. After all, if we return to Selene’s story after that, stays to be seen.”
Returnal was Housemarque’s most formidable challenge, 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 crew, all of these issues require some studying. Now now we have that crew that has gone via the fireplace and discovered how you can construct a recreation like Returnal. So now we get to start out off stronger,” mentioned Korhonen.
“I feel we have discovered the significance of pacing and the way tough that’s in a rogue-like recreation,” she mentioned, discussing what the crew discovered. “It is very arduous to regulate and say ‘okay, now we hit them with this excellent story beat’, that is form of the great thing about linear video games, you get to regulate that completely completely.
“Letting go of that and in some way constructing the sandbox or the playground for gamers in a means meaning sure story blocks grow to be out there is difficult.”
The BAFTA award profitable recreation is about to quickly arrive on Sony’s PS Plus subscription, the place Housemarque managing director Ilari Kuittinen is hopeful it would attain a brand new viewers.
There are additionally rumours the sport might be headed to PC.
For extra on Returnal, try our interview with Selene voice actress Jane Perry on embodying psychological trauma.