Returnal cheats and how to enable developer debug

Returnal cheats are possible, and that's all thanks to developer debug mode.

Returnal cheats are possible! Housemarque’s first AAA PS5 exclusive is nevertheless a difficult game for players who aren’t seasoned in the rogue-like genre. It’s a beautiful game that takes advantage of the PS5’s prowess and features such as the 3D Tempest Audio tech, haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the DualSense. While you’re trapped in Atropos, it’s a never-ending cycle. You respawn in your ship every time you die, and the randomly generated rooms can either lead you to the destination or your inevitable demise. However, players have found a way to enable the hidden developer debug feature that Housemarque hid within the game.

You need a USB keyboard to plug into your PS5. However, Housemarque has already patched this after 1.3.4 that, unfortunately, disabled the use of USB keyboards. Fear not, if you own a physical copy of the game, or better yet, an unpatched digital version of Returnal then you’re in luck.

Returnal Cheats

How to use Returnal Cheats

To enable Returnal cheats, you will need to connect a USB keyboard to your PS5. The console will automatically detect that you’ve connected a keyboard and this should already enable to you use it in the game. Do note that you will need an older version of Returnal, preferably before the 1.3.4 patch.

  • Hold Shift + CTRL + ALT + 1 or 0. This will drop different weapons in your current weapon proficiency level.
  • Hold Shift + CTRL + 4. You will respawn in your ship at the very first biome. You get to maintain your current health, weapon proficiency levels, adrenaline, and items.
  • Hold Shift + CTRL + 8. This will respawn you at the very start of the 3rd biome. You get to maintain your current health, weapon proficiency levels, adrenaline, and items.
  • Hold Shift + CTRL + 3 or 7. This will make Returnal crash.

There’s one important thing to know before using the ship respawn. You will get stuck in the first biome without any way to get back to the biome you were in if you use the ship respawn cheat after the 3rd biome.

How to unlock the secret ending in Returnal

You read it right, there’s a secret ending in Returnal. You get to unlock the Returnal secret ending after you beat Ophion during Act 3 in the Abyssal Scar.

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