Welcome to the post-apocalyptic world of Return: Unknown, the unique free-to-play Survival-Extraction Shooter. An adventure crafted with dedication and high-quality assets from developers, modelers, graphic designers and music producers.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I have learned from experience that much can be achieved with a community to provide the best possible gaming experience. Return: Unknown is a free-to-play indie game, crafted with the utmost dedication and based on high-quality assets from numerous developers, modelers, graphic designers and music producers – a true symphony of creativity.

It is a challenge that demands much and comes with highs and lows. Together, we are strong enough to achieve greatness – even if we fail, we have all pulled together.

The goal is to offer you an exciting post-apocalyptic and unique free-to-play survival-extraction-shooter experience.

Through Early Access, I want to actively involve you in the development and gather your feedback, as this is of great importance. I am open to your wishes, ideas, suggestions, and criticism.

Your participation is invaluable; everyone can gain access through a beta key (More information in the CommunityHUB). Upon the EA release, every user has the opportunity to download it for free on the Steam platform.

Please note that Return: Unknown is still in a very early Early Access phase and is being shaped by the community. It does not yet represent the final product. The use of high-quality assets from an impressive number of developers will accelerate development but also make it somewhat more challenging.

Therefore, do not expect the same level of production as with major titles, and always be aware that it is and will remain free-to-play!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The planned completion of the game and leaving Early Access is difficult to predict, but we can assume 2024 - 2025 for an official release. However, this depends on a variety of factors that may influence it. Access even before release is possible!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Due to the way the game is being developed, it is also difficult to predict what differences there will be when it is released. No promises are being made, but together with the community it will be and become something unique. The plans for the completion of the free-to-play game include numerous changes:

- OpenWorld optimizations for a fun gameplay experience in single/co-op, PvP and PVE play on local and Dedicat.server enabled servers.

- Gameplay improvements to all mechanics and improved player balance.

- Improved loot balance of items.

- Game optimizations for friendlier usage to ensure that older systems can also use the game.

- Further improvements are also planned.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current build offers players a basic build in which the character suffers from thirst, hunger and exhaustion. A building system, a farm system and a power system. A single player and multiplayer mode with save and load game.
(This description will change and expand during development)”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will be and is a free-to-play game.

However, it is planned to discuss in-game purchases with the community to find out if there will ever be such a thing (e.g. special skins for characters, but never to gain an advantage over other players).”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community has the opportunity to follow the development via Twitch Live. Updates, news and changes can be viewed on Steam at any time. To get the community more involved in the development, I offer the possibility to start discussions on Steam, which are mainly used to collect wishes, ideas, suggestions and criticism and share them with other players.”
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About This Game

Return: Unknown

Welcome to the post-apocalyptic world of Return: Unknown, the unique free-to-play survival extraction shooter. This immersive adventure is crafted with utmost dedication, based on high-quality assets sourced from an impressive array of developers, modelers, graphic designers and music producers - a veritable symphony of creativity.

The birth of Return: Unknown stems from a deep desire for a game that was not just wanted but passionately anticipated, criticized, and even hated. We understand that many players have experienced disappointments when their expectations were not met. Our goal is to bridge this gap and provide a gaming experience that aligns with the visions of our community.

Return: Unknown is not just a game; it's a movement – created to revive the potential of another game. We invite you not only as a spectator but as an active part of our passionate community to shape and mold this project.

Our shop page opens the gateway to this exciting world. Experience how the players' visions and the skills of many asset developers merge into a harmonious overall experience. Be prepared to face the unknown – be ready for Return: Unknown, your gateway to a free and unforgettable survival-extraction adventure.

It's a challenge that demands a lot and comes with highs and lows. Together, we are strong enough to achieve greatness – even if we fail, we have all pulled together.

Welcome to Return: Unknown – Your ultimate fight for survival begins now!

Immerse yourself in an apocalyptic world where relentless infected beings and ruthless players alike challenge your survival instincts. Choose between the third and first-person perspectives as your character battles through thirst, hunger, and exhaustion.

Explore the post-apocalyptic landscape, combat zombies, and rival survivors. Utilize farming, construct buildings from diverse materials, and forge deadly weapons, tools, and luxurious furniture.

Your survival hinges on skilled hunting and efficient harvesting. Cook, melt raw materials, and gather a plethora of resources. Experience a dynamic weather system with seasons and an ever-changing day and night cycle. Be prepared to adapt to challenging weather conditions at any moment.

Trade and sell valuable resources to accelerate your progress and become the ultimate survivor.

Are you ready to face the unknown? Embrace the challenge and shape your destiny in Return: Unknown – where the apocalypse meets explosive creativity, and survival demands the ultimate price.

Special Features:

  • Game Mode: PvP / PvE
  • Immerse Yourself: Dive into the game with maximum immersion by switching between first and third-person perspectives in Return: Unknown.
  • Survival Instinct: Immerse yourself in the ultimate survival instinct, facing challenges such as hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and diseases that push your survival skills to the limit.
  • Explore the World: Navigate through the world of Return: Unknown using a variety of transportation methods.
  • Build Impressive Structures: Construct remarkable structures from a variety of materials to establish your own survival camp.
  • Craft Weapons, Tools, and Furniture: Manufacture weapons, tools, and furniture to enhance your survival odds and prepare for any challenge.
  • Trading System: Utilize the trading system to exchange resources and bolster your supplies for challenging times.
  • Optimize Your Home: Upgrade your residence with electricity, furniture, and resources to gain strategic advantages and ensure your survival.
  • Hunter or Hunted: Become either the hunter or the hunted in a world teeming with hungry zombies and other players.
  • Increase Your Survival Odds: Boost your chances of survival by cultivating food on your land for sustainable nourishment.
  • Master the Art of Survival: Cook, melt, or pilfer resources to become unstoppable in Return: Unknown.
  • Dynamic Weather System: Experience a dynamic weather system with changing seasons, making life in Return: Unknown an even greater challenge.
  • Day and Night Cycle: Leverage the constantly shifting day and night cycle, offering both advantages and challenges.

Special Events:

  • Airdrops: In the form of plane crashes.
  • Power Outages: Caused by lightning strikes.


Discord provides you with the ability to track developments and exchange information with other users. However, the use of the CommunityHUB is preferred.


Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game may contain content not suitable for all age groups or for viewing in the workplace: Frequent violence or bloody scenes, and general non-youth-friendly content!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 / 11 - 64Bit
    • Processor: AMD FX Six Core / Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 940 4GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Recommended
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 / 11 - 64Bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 / Ryzen 5 3600
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB / NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Recommended

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