‘Returnal’ Adds A Suspend Cycle For Players Who Want To Stop Playing Mid-Run

One of the biggest complaints about Returnal is players have to play through the entire game in a single sitting, or rely on the PlayStation 5’s untrustworthy rest mode. As with most rogue-likes, it’s expected the game can be beat without dying, but without a save mode players were stuck beating it in one sitting or losing all their progress. But that changes with the release of Returnal’s 2.0, which adds a suspend cycle feature in addition to a Photo Mode to capture the title’s haunting visuals.  More about the new features from Housemarque below:

Suspend Cycle

“One of the main features of this update is the Suspend Cycle functionality, which will allow you to pause your cycle to be continued later, letting you exit the game and turn off your console without losing your progress in that session. The structure of the game remains unchanged, so this functionality is not a traditional mid-game “Save Game” option: by suspending the cycle, Returnal will simply create a single use suspend point, and once you resume playing the suspend point is deleted and cannot be used again. Your game will continue directly from the moment you left it, and if you want to suspend the cycle again, your progress will be captured from that new point onwards. There are some limitations in place – for example, players won’t be able to create a suspend point during Boss battles, cinematics, first-person sequences or during intense combat scenarios – as we felt there are certain moments in Returnal that are best experienced unfragmented to preserve the intended challenge and flow.”

Photo Mode

“Along with the Suspend functionality, we have also been working on another feature that’s been highly requested by the community and will also be included in this update: Photo Mode. Selene’s journey through Atropos is filled with many memorable moments that are worth cherishing; whether it’s dancing on the knife’s edge amidst intense bullet hell combat, or taking a fleeting moment of serenity to appreciate the eerie atmosphere and dark beauty of Atropos, our Photo Mode will allow you to immortalize these moments in all their glory.

At any point during the game (except some limited circumstances like our first-person sequences), you can simply pause the game and enter Photo Mode, which will put you in control of the camera. You can then use the analog sticks and the adaptive triggers to move the camera around and pick the perfect angle for your photo.

Returnal is available now for PlayStation 5.

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