Returnal is divided into two acts that each contain three biomes. The Overgrow Ruins, Crimson Wastes, and Derelict Citadel biomes are found in Act 1, while the Echoing Ruins, Fractured Wastes, and Abyssal Scar are the Act 2 biomes. After completing Act 1 it may seem impossible. to go back to previous levels, but here is the information about how to go back to the first biome in Returnal.
How to return to the first biome in Returnal
It might seem impossible, but you can return to the first biome after completing Act 1 … eventually. You are stuck in the last three biomes until you beat the game. Make your way to the Abyssal Scar and defeat the final boss, Ophion, to unlock the possibility of returning to Act 1.
After the credits roll, a new door will open on Selene’s ship, Helios. It’s the door to the left of the large control panel in the middle of the main room. The door will lead to a black void with a strange structure inside.
Walk forward to the structure and press Triangle to move between Returnal’s first act 1 biome, Overgrown Ruins, and Act 2’s first biome, Echoing Ruins. This is what it will look like:
You will need to use this structure to collect all of the Sunface Shards and see the real ending as there is a Shard in every biome and there is no other way back to the overgrown ruins.
That’s all you need to know about how to go back to the first biome in Returnal. Be sure to check out our guide wiki for more tips, tricks, and other useful information about the game if you’re looking to find more pointers.
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