Update 3/22: In case you missed it, the Ascension Update for Return is live now. That means you can now bring a friend along in the newly added co-op mode. You can read the origin story below to learn more about what Ascension entails, but it also adds a new location in The Tower of Sisyphus. This tower, which can only be played alone, adds experimental floors of who-knows-what awaits at its zenith.
Original story: Ever wanted to tackle the challenges of Returnal with a friend? Now you can! Coming to the Ascension update on March 22, players can tackle the entire Returnal in co-op mode. Well, almost the whole journey. Another new content to come with this update, The Tower of Sisyphus, is not playable in co-op. This new language is a measure of trials, tribulations and death. While we don’t know exactly what will happen to the Tower, it’s pretty safe to assume it will have some elements of randomness and possibly some new story beats, enemies and bosses. to add to the already impressive Returnal list.
Apparently, you can reach the tower fairly early in the game, after obtaining the Icarian Grapnel (this is the shortcut for the second main boss). I’m not sure which is more exciting – the prospect of inviting a friend to Returnal with or tackling new Returnal content! With that, it’ll be great to see what’s new coming to Returnal at the end of this game, and maybe the teamplay will even draw some new players into the haunted world of Atropos. Watch the new trailer right here.