Returnal 2.0 update adds save system and Photo Mode

Housemarque has added some long-requested features with Returnal's 2.0 update.

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Returnal was one of the pleasant surprise video game releases of the early 2021 window. The PlayStation 5 exclusive launched back April and was known for its challenging combat and unforgiving difficulty. Now, the Returnal experience is being made just a tad bit easier as developer Housemarque has revealed Update 2.0 for the game, which adds the ability to manually save and load the game.

Housemarque detailed the Returnal 2.0 update in a post to the PlayStation Blog earlier this morning. It’s here that we learn more about the save system, which the game refers to as “Suspend Cycle.” This will allow players to stop playing the game mid-cycle and pick up from it later, even if they turn their console off. The save point is single-use, so it’s not exactly like other save systems. You won’t be able to repeatedly load a save point if you die.

This addresses one of the frustrations that players had back when Returnal first came out. If you were halfway through a run and decided that you wanted to play something else, or get off entirely, you either had to die and restart, or progress to the next segment of the game.

This update also adds Photo Mode, which is becoming an increasingly popular feature in modern games. The world of Atropos features diverse locations with colorful environments and detailed creatures. Players will now be able to capture their favorite moments and share them with friends. Photo Mode allows you to adjust focal distance, aperture, saturation, contrast, and more.

Returnal’s 2.0 update is available now for owners of the game on PS5 at no additional charge. If you haven’t checked out Returnal, consider reading our review on the game. Following the game’s launch earlier this year, Sony acquired Returnal developer Housemarque.

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    October 26, 2021 7:15 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Returnal 2.0 update adds save system and Photo Mode

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      October 26, 2021 5:16 AM

      RETURNAL suspend mode update is out

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmBcI_9Bui0

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        October 26, 2021 5:42 AM

        Yep! Any of you guys who held off because there was no save functionality and didn’t want to rely on suspending the console, here you go. Get in there!

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        October 26, 2021 6:16 AM

        Absolutely mad lads adding pause. Woah

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          October 26, 2021 6:25 AM

          Revolutionary feature! But now I'll jump back in and hopefully beat Nemesis.

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            October 26, 2021 6:26 AM

            Yeah, same! I hated suspending the entire system overnight

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        October 26, 2021 6:23 AM

        It's so strange it was not there from the beginning.

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          October 26, 2021 6:25 AM

          And that they seemingly made such a big stink about it being core to the game, only to just relent and put it in now.

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            October 26, 2021 6:31 AM

            They didn’t make a stink about it being core to the game. Just that they designed the game around there not being a suspend. They heard the feedback and started work on this back in may but it required so heavy rework of the engine to implement without altering the intended flow of the game, and they had more critical bugs they needed to fix first before they dived in. I suspect it would have been finished up sooner patch wise but I bet they had a month or so of delay introduced from the Sony acquisition

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              October 26, 2021 9:29 AM

              its such a weird design choice though. why design it that way in the first place? it just seems so disconnected with reality

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                October 26, 2021 9:37 AM

                It wasn’t really a big deal I mean it wasn’t battletoads NES imposible at all…

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                  October 26, 2021 9:38 AM

                  There were a lot of people who decided against buying it because of that. They lost sales, for no real benefit

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                    October 26, 2021 9:40 AM

                    That was blown out of proportion imo, it’s not that big of a deal, anyway now even less

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          October 26, 2021 9:35 AM

          It wasn’t because that’s the game they wanted to make, Housemarque makes arcadey type games.

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        October 26, 2021 6:58 AM

        Is this the patch that makes the game a little more easier for people who have kids who constantly get in the way of you concentrating?

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          October 26, 2021 7:03 AM

          It doesn't help with the concentration, but you can save-and-exit when you need to take care of the goblins.

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        October 26, 2021 7:00 AM

        But I don't remember how to play anymore

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        October 26, 2021 7:23 AM

        Finally!

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        October 26, 2021 7:31 AM

        I foolishly bought this forgetting Diablo 2 was coming out a day after

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          October 26, 2021 9:29 AM

          you did not buy it foolishly as its dope af

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        October 26, 2021 8:13 AM

        When does this come out for PC?

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        October 26, 2021 8:15 AM

        Any other meaningful changes ?
        I have only 2 secret decoding runes left to find and I will have Platinium.

        But I bailed on the game awhile back after not seeing anything new in my last 5 runs.

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          October 26, 2021 9:33 AM

          I watched videos on YouTube of where were all the items, to try to see which ones I missed and then just go straight to farm those, RNG is still a bitch but I managed to get the platinum

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        October 26, 2021 8:30 AM

        Stoked to hear this was in that Geforce Now leak. So it should come to PC at some point. Hopefully won't take too long

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        October 26, 2021 8:39 AM

        Neat video. Bummed about the boss spoilers in the photo mode clips.

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          October 26, 2021 9:38 AM

          hey I shack messaged you but my question has been solved already 😝

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      October 26, 2021 9:39 AM

      sick! it is like Xmas for awesome patches today.

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