Curry writes, "Take a moment to remember one of the worst days of your life. Can you picture it? Now, imagine that you had to relive the same nightmare over and over again until you made it to the end of your day without making any detrimental mistakes. Scary, huh?
Well, that’s how it is for the main protagonist in Returnal, except that each detrimental mistake she makes leads to death, sending her back to the very beginning to take on all the same threats as her previous life.
In Returnal you play as a woman named Selene, a middle-aged female astronaut who is stuck in an endless loop on a hostile alien planet. Your end goal is to make it further than you did during your previous playthrough and confront the demons of her past as Selene attempts to solve the mystery of why she is there."