Returnal Can Now Be Pre-Loaded Onto PlayStation 5 Consoles

PlayStation 5 owners can now pre-load Returnal, ready for its release on the 30th of April 2021 [via Comicbook].

How Can We Pre-Download Returnal?

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The option to pre-download the game is available to those who have pre-ordered the game on the PlayStation Store. Taking advantage of the early download has many benefits. The main one is PlayStation owners will be able to immediately play the game as soon as it’s released. The process also gives players an opportunity to prepare for the game’s installation, which is around 56 GB in size. That being said, it’s probably wise to free up more than the game’s initial install size on your hard drive. This is because any potential day-one updates could take up more room.

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It’s needless to say that picking up the game physically makes all of the above irrelevant. Nothing is stopping you from preparing your hard drive for its installation, however. The option to pre-load Returnal is a testament to the benefits of digital gaming, despite the various other caveats associated with it. Being able to download the game early will also be a relief to some users with crumby internet connections, as we don’t all have super fast fiberoptic access. 

Is Returnal Worth My Money?

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Reviews of Returnal haven’t landed as of yet. But players and critics alike are getting excited! If you’re unfamiliar with Housemarque’s third-person shooter, then you’ll want to check out the game’s back of the box synopsis:

“After crash-landing on this shape-shifting world, Selene must search through the barren landscape of an ancient civilization for her escape. Isolated and alone, she finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival. Again and again, she’s defeated – forced to restart her journey every time she dies.”

Pretty spooky, right? If you’re a fan of roguelike mechanics and dynamically changing environments, then you should probably pick this one up.  


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