Returnal, the critically acclaimed sci-fi horror game from developer Housemarque, was the big winner at this year’s Bafta Games Awards. The Playstation 5 exclusive scooped four prizes in total, including the top honour of best game. Returnal tells the story of Selene, an astronaut who crash lands on an alien planet and finds herself stuck in a time loop. Perry’s gripping performance as Selene earned her the award for best leading performer. Returnal was also recognized in the awards for best audio achievement, best design, and best British game. Speaking to BBC News after the award ceremony, Kuittinen said “it feels wonderful of course and we’re so proud for the team that made it.” With its innovative gameplay.
Sci-fi horror game Returnal was the big winner at this year’s Bafta Games Awards, scooping four prizes.
They included the top honour – best game – for the Playstation 5 shooter.
“It feels wonderful of course and we’re so proud for the team that made it,” Housemarque studio head Ilari Kuittinen told BBC News.
Jane Perry won best leading performer for playing Returnal’s Selene, an astronaut who gets stuck in a time loop after crash landing on an alien planet.
The other winners were:
Best Artistic Achievement – Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Best Audio Achievement – Hades (Supergiant Games)
Best British Game – Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Best Debut Game – Bugsnax (Young Horses/Young Horses)
Best Family Game – Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
EE Mobile Game of the Year – Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
Game Beyond Entertainment – If Found… (Dreamfeel/Annapurna Interactive)
Game Innovation – Hades (Supergiant Games)
Returnal is the first game from Finnish studio Housemarque since it was acquired by Japanese publisher Sony in 2019.
“We’ve always been independent and done our own thing,” Kuittinen said.
“But at the same time, we were always looking for a partner who could help us accelerate our ambitions and take us to the next level – and Sony has definitely done that.”
He added that the Bafta wins were “a great way to start this new chapter in our history”.
Returnal was released in April 2021 and got rave reviews, with many critics calling it one of the best games on the Playstation 5.
It is not available on any other platform.
“It’s been fantastic to see the game resonate so well with gamers and critics alike,” Kuittinen said.
“It’s a real labour of love for the team and I think that shows in the final product.”
He added that Housemarque was already working on its next game, which is due to be announced later this year.