Returnal Developer Aims To Create “Bigger Types Of Experiences”
Returnal has become quite the hit for Housemarque and the PlayStation 5, offering players a chance to pull out their hair a little because they were so close to taking down the third boss but a rogue shot took them out and made them start again at the beginning. That said, it would appear that the developers are now going to be focusing on making similarly-sized games in the future.
During a recent interview with Gamereactor, marketing director Mikael Haveri touched on what the success of Returnal might mean for Housemarque moving forward. “Yes, we’ve been working on two projects previously, and now with Returnal we have of course only one project,” Haveri said. “It’s hard to say if we will continue with one or two projects in the future, but the idea of us now being able to establish ourselves with Returnal will be defining the future type of titles we want to make.”
Before Returnal, of course, Housemarque was known for more arcade-like, top-down, and side-scrolling adventures with Resogun, Nex Machina, Dead Nation, and more. However, now that their latest project has become a hit, it looks to be shaping what’s to come and the devs aim to prove they are more than just those other games. “We can do all kinds of things, and from our studio’s perspective that means that we want to go for these bigger types of experiences,” Haveri continued. “Now, we still love arcade. We still love smaller games as well. Who knows? Maybe 26 years in the future we’ll do more of that as well. But that really depends on how successful we are able to build ourselves with the types of experiences that Returnal now is representing.”
With that type of mindset, Housemarque’s future could be very interesting, to say the least. There’s no telling what other types of experiences they will be working on, whether it be a sequel to Returnal or something completely different, but it sure is fun to think about. Playing through their PS5 exclusive, I found myself wondering what a Housemarque-developed Star Wars game would look like. Only time will tell what is to come.
Until then, Returnal is available exclusively for the PlayStation 5. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.