There's nothing more true than knowing that Returnal is a pretty difficult game. And any health or extra lives during that run could make the difference between finally beating the game or not.
You may be asking yourself "Is there any way I can come back to life if I die?" and sure enough, there is. In this guide, we'll help you learn how to get that extra chance on your possibly pivotal run.
Returnal - Getting A Second Life.
If you're playing through Returnal like normal, you may be finding yourself dying fairly frequently; not to worry, this is a common occurrence in any rogue-lite and especially so in Returnal. However, there's a way of getting an extra opportunity to slay more alien lifeforms.
If you continue to play the game as normal, at some point, you'll come across a house. Despite being a strange occurrence on a hostile alien planet, this is actually a good sign. You're one step closer already to getting that second chance. Continue down the path as usual, and make sure you check every possible "room" that you can loot.
At some point in your alien-slaying survival, and hopefully, during the same run as you found the house in the first time around, you'll find a simple "House Key" item. This is Selene's house key, and it, surprisingly, unlocks the house you saw earlier. With some backtracking, head towards the house and unlock the front door, which will shift your perspective into the first person.
Returnal Astronaut Figuring and Selene's House
Once you enter the home, you'll find it's pretty ordinary compared to the horrors outside, which is quite unsettling. Continue in the house, interacting with items with a blue circle to get some interesting story points and more lore into Selene's story. Once you've checked things out, start to head up the stairs, and interact with a small cube on the floor. A small cutscene will play, showing some strange markings on the cube. Once this is complete, head towards the window that's slightly covered by curtains straight ahead of you.
Interacting with the curtains, once again, starts another small cutscene. This time, there's a man standing in an Apollo Astronaut outfit in the low-set fog. It's a pretty eerie situation, and then Selene collapses, and you awake back outside the house with the astronaut seemingly missing. If you head over towards where the creepy stalker astronaut was and scan the item, you'll pick up a new object; the "Astronaut Figurine."
The Astronaut Figurine is your extra life, there's nothing else you need to do now! Once you die, you'll return with some health and lose your little Astronaut buddy. But don't worry, you'll be able to fabricate him if he appears at a fabricator in your run, for 250 Obolite.
And there you have it! A bonus chance to survive the horrors and aliens in Returnal! Hopefully, your next run will be slightly more successful than the last thanks to your new buddy. Check out our exploration guide for some tips after you get your second chance.