SteamDB logged the presence of a new product in the database which goes by the codename ‘Oregon’.
The title is listed with tags such as “rogue-like”, “sci-fi” and “bullet hell”, but the clearest indication that it’s related to the Housemarque title are references to Tower of Sisyphus and Atropos, which feature in Returnal.
One source shared footage with VGC appearing to show Returnal running on PC, which strongly suggests it’s one of the next PlayStation console exclusives in line for a port.
Returnal released for PlayStation 5 last April and is Finnish studio Housemarque’s largest and most ambitious project, following several decades focused on 2D arcade-style shooters such as Super Stardust HD and Resogun. Following the release of the game, Housemarque was acquired by Sony.
Returnal PC is yet another title seemingly legitimised from a huge ‘leak’ of unannounced games on Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service last year.
Many other games on the leaked list have since been confirmed, including Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remasters and a PC version of God of War. Another Sony game mentioned on the list, Sackboy: A Big Adventure PC port, also appeared in the Steam backend last year.
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said during a business briefing this week that Sony expects half of its annual releases to be on PC and mobile by 2025.
Sony’s first modern PC ports were Horizon Zero Dawn in August 2020, Days Gone last May and God of War earlier this year. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will also make the jump to PC year.
Jim Ryan has previously confirmed PlayStation will bring “a whole slate” of games to PC.
PlayStation recently acquired Nixxes Software, which is best known for its work on the PC versions of Square Enix properties including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Hitman and Thief, to help it bring its games to the platform.
In VGC’s Returnal review, critic Chris Scullion said the game’s “constant action and clever semi-procedural structure make it an engaging adventure, not to mention a visually stunning one.
“The lack of any difficulty levels may unfortunately exclude less experienced gamers, but anyone who doesn’t mind dying a bunch of times will thoroughly enjoy themselves.”