Returnal is a "mega-hit" in the eyes of Sony, according to the newly updated PlayStation Studios page on their official website.
Good to hear. Always nice to see passion pay off. Housemarque did an amazing job and deserve all the accolades they receive for Returnal.
but according to some Nintendo fanboys, Returnal is nothing special and a low-budget generic game that is not pushing any boundaries or having things never done before and not deserving AAA status.
The only thing a game "has to do" to have AAA status is having the budget that qualifies it as so. AAA doesn't have anything to do with pushing bounderies or being/not being generic or being a good/bad game.
No surprise there since new games are always better in Ryan's perspective.
I’m on the second half of the game and it just keeps surprising with new areas and enemies, easily my goty even though I haven’t finished ratchet yet, this game is just too good.
I quite enjoyed the time I have played Returnal (not completed at all yet - I have discovered I suck at Rogue-like games). But to be honest Sony usually brags about sales numbers. And there is none of that here. And even in worldwide charts in the months since release Spider-man MM has continued to dominate software sales on PS5 with Returnal barely showing up for the most part. I do feel the game is a critical success. Quite enjoy it even though I suck at it.
Its easily the game of the year so far and skyrocketed to one of my top 10 games of all time. Such a unique and awesome experience.
Agreed 100%. Returnal is a gem floating in a sea of AAA diarrhea.
Sackboy, ratchet, Res8, spidy say hello
@EvertonFC those games might be good but Returnal stands out because it actually poses a challenge - something that nearly every AAA game doesn't do anymore.
Yeah, played it a ton.
Yep it's a superb game thoroughly enjoying it but I have too say I don't see many playing the daily challanges? I got 250,000 points(pants) yesterday and got into the top 100? So thats either nobody bothers with daily challanges or gamers have moved on?
The daily challenges are dead, but the reward isn't worth the effort IMO
It is a mega hit in my eyes too. I was & still am super impressed with this game.
It is a truly wonderful game but definitely not for everyone. I bought it and got stuck at Biome 3. I might go back to it eventually but every session requires 3-5 hours and if you die, you start over. I understand the need for this kind of hardcore experience, but as someone who Platinumed Demons Souls, I feel this game can be a little unbalanced/unfair.
It makes absolutely no sense for it to take 3 hours for you to die at biome 3. If you're clearing literally everything up to biome 3 each time that's simply not beneficial to the run.
@talocaca When was the last time you played it? The last major update they did a while back made Biome 3 a lot easier. I noticed it when I went back and beat the game a second time earlier this month after learning about the "alternate/true" ending. There seems to be fewer drones now in biome 3 and they do not appear to be as aggressive with their homing missles/shots.
Definitely not for me without a save function since I can only afford an hr of gaming a day due to my busy life and schedule
The game was made with a shoestring budget compared to other PS5 exclusives and sold much better than expected. Finnish studios also have a lot less overhead compared to US based studios where the salaries for the developers are much higher and you see much bigger headcount. So I'm pretty sure Sony and Housemarque made a lot of money with the game even if it sold a million units. The game will have long legs as more and more folks get a PS5 which is still sold out so will probably end up selling a lot more overtime. Congratulations to Housemarque though. Can't wait to see what else they make next. This was my first game from their studio and I'm impressed with what they've pulled off.
if it sold a million that would be a revenue of around 70 million dollars. If we remove VAT/sales tax and retailer margin + distribution for physical copies they would be in the ballpark of around 40 million dollars net revenue. Housemarque had 80 employees at its peak. Their last game prior to Returnal released in 2017 and on average I think they make a game every 2 years. That's because they were supposed to launch storm divers but was put on hold. Probably to divert all resources on Returnal. (also storm divers didn't look like it was gonna do well anyway). I'm not sure what a housemarque salary would be but let us say that the average cost of each employee+management (including insurance, social security tax, equipment, licenses etc.) is around 100.000 usd. With 80 people that would be a cost of around 8 million USD per year. So if they worked 2,5 years on it that would be a cost of 20 million dollars. Adding marketing costs and hours budgeted of Playstation worldwide studios support the total cost of Returnal would not be more than 30 million dollars. A 10 million net profit till date is possible. Then again I'm not sure about these numbers. You could always purchase their financial statements from the finish registration office and get an idea of their costs of 2020 which would be primetime production year: https://virre.prh.fi/novus/... Their business ID numbers is 1002012-8
I still kinda suck at it,.. but enjoying it immensely.
That’s the story of the many people who enjoy Housemarque games! Keep going! You will only get better! As the many of of us have or even dared to reach!
When you finally make that breakthrough it is super satisfying.
If I had a ps5 I'd buy this but the save options have put me off
Returnal is a very good game. It’s not hard like some say it it is….patience is your ally within this game. It gripped me, and I wanted to come back. Death was a bit demoralizing, but the intrigue of getting the load out u were comfortable with….made it worth another go. Loved it 👍🏽 Game on!
A game harder than soulsborne becoming a hit makes me hopefully for the future of gaming
I haven't played it so I can't speak on it. Doesn't look bad but looks overrated. I think cause Sony hasn't had a solid exclusive shooter make people like it more.
It was a ‘hit’ because the PS5 had no other game. The fans were desperate and bought it up. Good game but if it came out next summer when games start coming out, this game would be lost
But Day's Gone wasn't??
Best Metroid game in the last 10 years! Of course it's "Mega hit"...
You can fix bad marketing... If the game is a great experience they SHOULD consider it a success.
When I go to the Sony Developer's page, I see no Housemarque logo presented. Everything, but that developer shows :| What's up with that
Good then we should definitely get a sequel.
Launched a successful new IP with both an unusual gameplay genre and a lesser known studio. I'd consider that a huge success too. It's well deserved given the risk taken. Closest equivalent I can recall in the last 20 years In terms of "where the hell did THAT come from?" is Demons Souls.
Mega stink is more like it. I thought. It was like one of the old Star Trek scripts with great graphics.
Solid Gameplay with really flashy particles. AWESOME load times! But gameslike like Demon Souls and Miles Morales blow Returnal out of the water. Sony took a chance on a new IP and it sold very well. It's definitely a hit. "Mega Hit" is relative. It's not putting up God of War or Spiderman or Final Fantasy Remake numbers but Returnal is still a really good game
amazing game. my GOTY so far.
It's a great game. Plays so well. Still gotta beat it
This game hasn't sold well. It's just marketing here. And no, i like this game a lot, but it's not a mega hit! Fortnite is a mega hit. Animal Crossing is a mega hit, but Returnal was out of the charts quickly. It's far away from the numbers of Spider Man, GoW or TLoU2. It's not about how great the game is. Hits are hits because of sales and Returnal is definitely NOT a "mega" hit.
downvoters Why? I like the game! I have nothing against the game! I didn't beat it but i love the mechanics and the game design overall. It's just about the term "mega hit"! Look at the charts! Where is Returnal? Show me Returnal in the charts of the last weeks! Thats a mega hit? Don't be delusional!
Well, what else would they say? Hardly going to bash your own product. The game was good but I wouldn’t call it a mega hit. Mega hits are things like UC and TLOU.
Returnal is my current game of the year. Not sure it will be topped this year.
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