Returnal arrives in less than two weeks, and that means PlayStation servers are being loaded with game data. PlayStation trophy-tracking website ExoPhase scrapes PlayStation’s servers on the regular, and their latest scan came away with Returnal’s trophy list on the PS5.
So, what can we learn about Returnal from its trophy list? Well, there are 31 trophies total and just one Platinum trophy for completing all previous trophies. That’s not too surprising on its own, but the lesser trophies might be revealing Returnal’s bosses, areas, and other mechanics.
A series of bronze trophies all require Selene to defeat named enemies such as Phrike, Ixion, or Nemesis. These are most likely level bosses named after figures from Greek mythology. Ixion, for example, was the king of Lapiths who was eventually cast into the underworld for killing his father-in-law and violating Greek rules of hospitality.
Returnal is full of Greek references. Selene is Greek-American and named after the goddess of the moon, while planet Atropos (the setting of the game) is named after the Greek goddess of fate and destiny. We don’t expect these bosses to be the last time we hear Greek names.
More trophies seem related to complete story elements, such as the “house sequences” that reveal more of Selene’s backstory as teased in previous trailers. There are also a few for scanning and translating Xenoglyphs, which are ancient tablets that provide Selene with power-ups.
Several gold trophies seem to list various areas of Atropos. Those are the Overgrown Ruins, Crimson Wastes, Derelict Citadel, Echoing Ruins, Fractured Wastes, and Abyssal Scar. The trophies state you have to complete “surveys” of these areas, which sound like a difficult task considering the world changes after each death.
For more Returnal teasers, check out our recent interviews with Housemarque that reveal the making of Selene and Returnal’s audio mixing. Returnal arrives on the PS5 on April 30.
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