Returnal’s Tower of Sisyphus provides Selene her toughest challenge yet

returnal ascension dlc tower of sisyphus

Where’s Bouldy when you need him?

Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Housemarque has released a lengthy breakdown video showcasing the upcoming Ascension DLC for excellent sci-fi adventure Returnal. The 18-minute video holds particular focus on the “Tower of Sisyphus” — set to provide players with their toughest challenge.

The Tower of Sisyphus is, essentially, Returnal‘s new “endless” mode. Hardened time walkers fans will be tasked with guiding returning adventurer Selene as she picks her way through floor after floor of increasingly tough, increasingly hard-hitting enemies — standing toe-to-tentacle with familiar creatures and bosses featured Returnal‘s main story campaign.

It goes without saying that the following breakdown video contains in-game spoilers.

Unlike most Endless Modes, however, the Tower of Sisyphus will be emboldened with brand new story elements, with players unlocking new first-person segments, unlocking more of the mysteries of Selene’s past and the fated events that have brought her to this terrifying intergalactic time-loop.

As the player run ‘n’ guns their way through this battalion of baddies, they will be given frequent rest-stops with which to boost their skills and arsenal, evening the odds as they edge ever further through the battlefield, whilst learning more of our intrepid hero’s story. There are even a few surprises in store, with powerful new weaponry, and perhaps even a few new threats…

Returnal is easily one of my favorite titles of 2021, and a gem of a release from Housemarque, and the Ascension DLC — which will also add some exciting co-op action — looks to only build upon the excellence that has come before. I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out when it finally hits PS5 on Tuesday, March 22.

Chris Moyse
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