Once you’ve selected a location to fast travel to, protagonist Selene turns into a big blob of something and then finds herself in the desired spot moments later. It operates a lot like Demon’s Souls on PlayStation 5 does, cutting to a black screen for fractions of a second before utilising the internal SSD to transport you across the map. There really isn’t a load time here at all — it looks like you lose control of Selene for maybe five seconds in total. That’s a similar length of time to warping between Archstones.
Again, it’s a very small detail, but as Returnal gains more exposure across the internet, these more minor are being picked up on. Are you impressed by the fast travel animation? Try it yourself in the comments below.