Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Red Dead Redemption Remake Reportedly Coming in 2021

According to a leak on 4chan, Rockstar Games to announce Red Dead Redemption Remake soon for next year.

In recent years, developer/publisher Rockstar Games has focused majority their efforts to support Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online after 2018 release of Western action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2.

With no upcoming new game release scheduled for anytime soon, a recent 4chan post claims that Rockstar is planning to announce Red Dead Redemption Remake this year, which has an expected release window of Q1 or Q2 2020.

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Red Dead Redemption Remake Reportedly Coming in 2021

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Leaked source also states that original RDR will be a complete remake on an improved RAGE engine used for Red Dead Redemption 2. There will be few advanced mechanics for fishing and hunting with inclusion of a few new missions.

Rockstar can also sneak in some reference of protagonist Arthur Morgan by simply mentioning his name in remake of Red Dead Redemption since it is a sequel to RDR2 after all and at this point, his presence is certain in prequel game.

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Voice actors from 2010 release of RDR are brought back, especially Rob Wiethoff, who voiced for John Marston. Rockstar Games is reportedly working on versions for PC as well as next-gen console PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Rockstar may already be working on a Mexico expansion for Red Dead Online to honor RDR Remake. Instead of a 4K remaster, a full remake was planned that includes Undead Nightmare and was developed by Rockstar India.

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Red Dead Redemption originally debuted back in 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Although Rockstar never released a PlayStation 4 version, RDR is a backward compatible title on Xbox One that currently runs on 4K resolution.

Rockstar Games will probably charge only $39.99 for Red Dead Redemption Remake when it is finally available for purchase. 4chan leak also reveals that highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI will not be announced until summer 2022.

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Survivor Difficulty Will Be a Brutal Experience

Naughty Dog is pushing "Survivor" difficulty for The Last of Us Part II to be an experience of violent brutality.

Despite a massive story leak earlier, developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are focused to deliver an unforgettable gameplay experience through upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II.

Regardless of which difficulty levels are you going to take to play The Last of Us sequel, your playthrough will be tensed. If someone ends up choosing Survivor difficulty, Ellie will be forced to rely on brutal methods of survival more often.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Survivor Difficulty Will Be a Brutal Experience

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Sony showcased an extended TLoU2 gameplay footage in recent State of Play episode, which highlighted on many in-game aspects. However, details on available difficulty setting have not been explored in official video commentary.

If you decide to pick up highest difficulty setting "Survivor", expect every threat around you to be dialed to eleven. Ellie will be in life-or-death situations so frequently that there will be no time for moral judgment over her own survival.

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When playing on regular difficulty levels, players will have a list of choices for taking down an enemy or avoid killing them altogether. In Survivor mode, you barely get a chance to choose whether to pick melee weapons or use firearms.

A previous gameplay demo had a statement from developer team that players are not required to kill guard dogs to make progress but "Survivor" setting most likely will force you to choose between you or a rabid canine after your life.

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In her playthrough section in Seattle, protagonist Ellie would come across a number of WLF members looking for her. You can either employ stealth or engage in combat to find out that enemy AI will reach much faster than typical.

Ellie has now learned how to swim and can impressively hold her breath underwater for 16 seconds. Swimming into basement of an enemy camp, she meets a guard playing Hotline Miami on her PlayStation Vita, whom she kills afterwards.

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Stabbing her throat is just a beginning of a killing-spree of WLF associates she will encounter in next enemy spawn positions. Having enough ammo and supplies at your disposal will allow you to use throwable items like molotov cocktails.

You can plan on sneaking up on someone without anyone noticing and hide behind grasses but beware of them having looking back. One wrong move is made and you are about to get your head blown or getting chopped by machete.

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A detailed preview of The Last of Us 2 gameplay on "Survivor" difficulty is shown by reviewer Griz Gaming.




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Naughty Dog added a fresh take on survival horror genre with original The Last of Us in 2013 with people turning into zombie-like creatures from viral outbreak in a post-apocalyptic setting and intends to double down for a follow-up.

The Last of Us Part II has been accused of heavily spotlighting brutal violence to push content boundaries. You are only weeks away from finding out if its gameplay and story-telling aspects have eventually worked out for you or not.

Resident Evil 8 Will Be Cross-Gen Title

Capcom is likely to release Resident Evil 8 as a cross-gen title next year, according to leaker AestheticGamer.

Within months after developer/publisher Capcom successfully launching 2017 survival horror game Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, rumors of development for its follow-up sequel title started surfacing online from various sources.

Capcom recently revealed their financial report for current fiscal year, which indicates that Resident Evil 8 will be a cross-gen game awaiting on early 2021, a possibility that is further bolstered by a renowned industry leaker.

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Resident Evil 8 Will Be Cross-Gen Title

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Often revealing leaks regarding Resident Evil video game series on Twitter, renowned leaker AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem is currently speculating for RE8 to launch anytime between late January and March 2021 schedule.

Although no official confirmation has been given by Capcom about potential protagonist, enemy details or even a release window for Resident Evil 8 yet, some details were leaked earlier including a rumored title, "Village".

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AestheticGamer discusses cross-gen status of RE8 and a new Silent Hill game in a recent string of Tweets.


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While discussing for a potential date for new Silent Hill game reveal on August, AestheticGamer also talked about Resident Evil 8 being a cross-gen title currently awaiting showcase on June, most probably on PlayStation 5 reveal event.

Capcom previously revealed Resident Evil 3 Remake on a State of Play broadcast last year before getting leaked on PlayStation Network and therefore, Resident Evil 8 getting revealed on June 4 at a Sony event actually makes sense.

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Dusk Golem claims to have received this information from people who has ties to studios that works closely with both Resident Evil 8 and Silent Hill projects but regardless of trusted source, people should take this with a grain of salt.

Capcom is apparently preparing to launch Resident Evil 8 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X next year. There have been reports of Resident Evil 4 Remake being developed by M-Two studio for 2022 release.

Guerrilla Games Devs Teased Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel

More deleted Tweet from Guerrilla Games hints at upcoming reveal of PS5-exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn sequel.

Several reports suggests that a sequel to open-world action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn is currently in works by developer Guerrilla Games and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment to be released on PlayStation 5.

In anticipation for upcoming "PlayStation 5 Reveal" event, recent posts from Guerrilla Games developers on Twitter have hinted at a possible next-gen showcase for a long-awaited sequel of HZD, which they quickly deleted afterwards.

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Guerrilla Games Devs Teased Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel

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Horizon Zero Dawn senior quest designer Blake Rebouche has apparently shared Sony's official post on PS5 showcase event quoting, "Join Us". Lead Animator Richard Oud has followed him soon as well by sharing that same official Tweet.

Oud states that PS5 will be future of gaming and told fans to mark their calendars before deleting it shortly after that. Sony most likely wants Guerilla Games to keep things under wraps until they announce Horizon Zero Dawn sequel.

Now-Deleted Tweet by Blake Rebouche

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After an accidental confirmation by voice actor Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow, True Blood) last year, a now-deleted job listing posted by Guerrilla Games made a strong case for Horizon Zero Dawn 2, currently awaiting confirmation.

Horizon Zero Dawn has been one of the best-selling PlayStation 4 games, selling over 10 million copies by February 2019. At this point, players expect to see Horizon Zero Dawn 2 being officially revealed for PS5 with a 2021 release date.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Call of Duty: Warzone Adds Duos Mode

Infinity Ward finally adds Duos mode for Call of Duty: Warzone alongside currently available game modes.

From initial period of its launch, players have been requesting developer Infinity Ward and Raven Software on social media and everywhere else online to add a duos mode for free-to-play battle royale game Call of Duty: Warzone.

Taking all that community feedback into account, Infinity Ward has finally made duos playlist available ahead of Season 4 update of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare so everyone can grab a wingman before heading to Verdansk map.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Adds Duos Mode

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Usually, players are required to join forces in three-player squads with friends or random parties or brave a mission alone. Now that latest playlist for Warzone has been rolled out, everyone can pair up and jump into firefight.

Currently supporting up to 150 players, Verdansk will allow a maximum of 75 duos teams to duke it out among them for victory. You have to watch each others' back before they bleed out and loose loadout to save a trip to Gulag.

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Duos mode will put pairs against an odd challenge of defeating dozens of other squads where success heavily relies on good teamwork. Sticking close to each other at all times is very essential for survival and so is coordinating tactics.

With recent introduction of duos mode, teams of any size from one-to-four players can take part and have fun. Plan out your landing zone in advance, build a Buy Station, call out loot locations and revive each other when needed.

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Outlast Rival Squads

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Warzone is second iteration of battle royale shooter for Call of Duty series following Blackout mode from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It has managed to get over 50 million players worldwide to get on board within first month of its launch.

Infinity Ward has yet to reveal how upcoming Season 4 will change Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone but they almost confirmed return of fan-favorite series protagonist Captain Price as a new operator.

The Last of Us Part II Outsold Marvel's Spider-Man in Pre-Orders

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan claims The Last of Us Part II outselling Marvel's Spider-Man pre-orders in Europe.

Though there is a series of controversies that developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are dealing lately regarding upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II, fans are still excited for its launch.

Sony had to postpone release of The Last of Us sequel last month only to make it available once again with a new release date of June 19, 2020 and according to report, pre-orders for TLoU2 in Europe have already surpassed Marvel's Spider-Man.

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The Last of Us Part II Outsold Marvel's Spider-Man in Pre-Orders

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Sony's PlayStation division President and CEO Jim Ryan states demand for The Last of Us 2 is more than 2018 super-hero game at this point. Marvel's Spider-Man was also a PS4-exclusive and sold over 13 million units by August 2019.

Ryan believes post-apocalyptic survival game TLoU2 could be a defining experience for current- generation and without confirming a visually updated version, he assures same version of the game will run on next-gen Sony console as well.

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Even though compared in estimate sales numbers, Spider-Man game on PS4 and The Last of Us sequel are from different genre. Insomniac's super-hero adventure was for teenager audience and TLoU2 is targeted for mature demographic.

Naughty Dog has implied and heavily marketed their most ambitious project yet as brutally realistic and full of violence. Also, they have many suggestive themes that may be a matter of concern to many parents and sensitive players.

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Despite many are waiting for this holiday season to see release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, players have a lot to look forward to in terms of exclusives like Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II from current-gen consoles.

Ahead of The Last of Us Part II release next month, Sony has planned for a PlayStation 5 reveal event on June 4, 2020. TLoU2 may get a small promo on stage alongside expected showcase video for upcoming new PS5-exclusive titles.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2020

PlayStation Plus free games lineup for June 2020 adds Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront II.

Ahead of their regular schedule, Sony Interactive Entertainment has unveiled one of their free PlayStation Plus games from upcoming June 2020 lineup earlier to celebrate annual Memorial Day and promised to reveal more afterwards.

Sony is adding first-person shooter title Call of Duty: WWII and action shooter game Star Wars Battlefront II of 2017 for members of PS Plus. Starting from June 2, you can download and start playing these two titles until July 6, 2020.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2020

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CoD: WWII was announced earlier for its World War II theme to contrast with federal holiday that honors military personnel for their bravery. It features a decent story campaign, engaging multiplayer mode and return of Nazi Zombies.

A sequel to 2015 rebooted series entry, Star Wars Battlefront II is one of the most controversial Star Wars titles in years to come. Though riddled with loot box issues at launch, EA DICE worked hard to overcome their shortcomings eventually.

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There has been rumor of Sony giving away Marvel's Spider-Man to PlayStation Plus members this month, which they already added to PlayStation Now monthly streaming service earlier and will be leaving PS Now library of games in July.

Few days ago, Sony has sent out codes to PS Plus members for two-month of free subscription to FUNimation Premium as compensation for free games of May; Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19, still available until June 1, 2020.

Hunt: Showdown, Jump Force and Stellaris on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days brings Hunt: Showdown, Jump Force and Stellaris for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this weekend.

Helping out people stuck indoors to pass time and have some decent enjoyment amidst a global crisis of COVID-19 pandemic, Xbox Free Play Days weekly event is back again for all members of Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate.

Those who are active subscribers can jump on board starting from May 28, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT and visit Microsoft Store to download free games for this weekend on Xbox One consoles until May 31, 11:59 PM PDT/2:59 AM EDT.

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Hunt: Showdown, Jump Force and Stellaris on Xbox Free Play Days

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Masterfully blending PvE and PvP genre of gameplay into one, Hunt: Showdown is a bounty hunting shooter that let players assume roles of bounty hunters trying to clear demonic creatures of Louisiana swamps solo or in groups.

As you take out demons lurking around, keep watchful eyes on fellow hunters looking for gold. When your character dies, you lose almost all of your progression but experience, which can then be passed down to another via Bloodline.

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Anime lovers who often fantasize about their favorite heavyweights from to have a chance to duke it out should try out Jump Force from developer Spike Chunsoft and publisher Bandai Namco for a crossover fighting experience.

When you are playing as Goku, Luffy, Naruto or anyone else, you are not stepping into the arena on your own but as a team. Its plot may seem a bit messy but gameplay is still pretty good and fluid in terms of solo or multiplayer.

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A grand strategy game that expands your legacy across cosmos, Stellaris takes a spin on classic genre type for a journey of discovery where you can govern their own populace and employ wondrous tech to establish reign across galaxies.

Xbox Free Play Days lets you continue having fun even when your limited trail is over by simply purchasing those titles at a great member discount. All of your hard earned achievements and gamescores will be carried out to main game as well.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store offers looter shooter bundle Borderlands: Handsome Collection for PC in free giveaway of this week.

For past two consecutive weeks, Epic Games have offered big-name PC titles on their digital distribution outlet Epic Games Store in weekly giveaways and those games turn out to be exactly what was suggested in an early leak.

Epic Store is adding a compilation bundle of Borderlands first-person shooter, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for this week, which is currently available to claim for anyone with a free account before June 4, 8:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Borderlands: Handsome Collection Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Handsome Collection features Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in one anthology set, including all additional DLCs. Both of these critically-acclaimed titles are updated with high-definition graphics for a definitive experience.

You can join with up to four players online for co-op gameplay mode on split screen for very first time. Nothing has changed much in terms of story that take place in Pandora to beyond moon but loots have become more frequent.

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Borderlands series is known for its slapstick comedy, a load of goofiness and more guns that you can possibly count at once. Borderlands 2 lets you play as one of four Vault Hunters in a campaign against psychotic villain, Handsome Jack.

Pre-Sequel gives you a peek at Jack's past and how he came to be who he is today by defeating Lost Legion to gain control over Helios space station. It bridges a gap between first two mainline Borderlands game and adds RPG aspects to its genre.

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Though players on PC often receive smaller titles on EGS giveaway, Epic Games is going big lately. Also available today is newly released indie open-world strolling title Sludge Life from Devolver Digital, free-to-claim for another 12 months.

Epic Games Store is heavily promoting their ongoing Epic MEGA Sale with latest lineup of free games. As leaks have revealed earlier, action-adventure survival game Ark: Survival Evolved may arrive as a freebie on Epic Store for next week.

Elden Ring Rumoredly Coming in 2020

NeoGaf user claims Elden Ring to release in late 2020 with next-gen console versions coming as well.

A new entry into "Soulsborne" genre, upcoming action role-playing game Elden Ring from developer From Software and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment was previously rumored to be showcased at Taipei Game Show 2020.

Due to a worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, many events were cancelled and Taipei Game Show joined that list as well. According to a NeoGAF user, From Software is planning to release Elden Ring in 2020 and much sooner than expected.

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Elden Ring Rumoredly Coming in 2020

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NeoGAF user Arctos claimed to receive this information directly from a former employee of Bandai Namco that states a possible 2020 release even though no gameplay or story premise is shared of upcoming anticipated ARPG title yet.

According to sources, development process was halted by recent global crisis and a previously planned release window for summer 2020 had to move to Q3 of current fiscal year to let dev team work on Elden Ring next-gen ports.

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Currently looking forward to an October-December 2020 launch window, the game is now in a playable state in terms of content. From Software is busy optimizing and polishing it now while readying PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X ports.

Players shouldn't expect anything other than high resolutions and increased frame-rates from updated version on next-gen consoles. Also, Sony has reportedly tried to make a PS5 timed exclusive deal for the game but was unsuccessful.

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It took Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice a year and a half to meet its schedule following initial announcement at E3 2018 and therefore, December 2020 seems like a possible fit to match that pattern for next From Software release.

Elden Ring has yet to receive a confirmed release date and is planned to launch on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. An official reveal by From Software may feature on a future episode of Summer Game Fest 2020 very soon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sea of Thieves: Lost Treasures Update Live Now

Lost Treasures free update goes live for Sea of Thieves with more limited time events, Pirate Emporium stock and more.

Coming soon to popular PC gaming platform Steam, open-world pirate simulator title Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio and publisher Xbox Game Studios readying up to receive its latest monthly content update for free.

Though a bit late, free monthly update for May titled Lost Treasures are live now on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One. Players will be busy picking new challenges, taking part in events and enjoy more activities of Tall Tales.

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Sea of Thieves: Lost Treasures Update Live Now

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A brand-new trailer released by Rare Studio highlights on key-features of recent Lost Treasures update.




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Those who love some narrative-driven adventures can explore all nine Tales to complete entire series about legendary pirates in Shores of Gold story cycle, which has recently included two more; The Seabound Soul and Heart of Fire.

There will be helpful tooltips to guide you through map and every Tall Tales chapter has added checkpoints now, so you can play and leave when you please only to return back later without having to start over everything from scratch.

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Every new and old pirate can jump onto currently ongoing limited time event Tall Tales Retold and earn precious loot. Also, look out for new challenges each day and receive Daily Bounties to get showered with Doubloons and gold.

If you are looking for more activities, Lost Treasures got you covered up with weekly Fort Night events inbound for every Friday. Reaper's Rewards event on the other hand is offering rewards in new Reaper emotes for putting double duties.

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Reaper's Rewards Event

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Work on behalf of Trading Company for having a chance to earn Blighted Ship set, inspired by State of Decay. Pirates surely would love to acquire undead themed figurehead, flag, hull and sails in Blighted Bonus to decorate their ship.

Lost Treasures update brings back Hunter's Haul fishing event to try out your rod-handling skills by catching fishes and earn Ancient Coins. Ruby Splashtail Ship Set and Splashtail Monarch items are on sale at Pirate Emporium this month.

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Meanwhile, take a moment to capitalize your earnings and cash them in daily during Gold Rush hours for some extra booty. So, be more mindful of picking spoils form Daily Bounties, Fort Night or in Tall Tales to ensure a hefty payday.

PC players on Steam can join on board Sea of Thieves for a definitive experience from June 3, 2020. Xbox Game Studios have included cross-play support to play together online with players on Windows 10 and Xbox One platforms.

State of Play: The Last of Us Part II Showcase

Naughty Dog offers an extended look at The Last of Us Part II gameplay and story in latest State of Play broadcast.

Arguably one of the most talked-about games of 2020; upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II by developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment is in less than a month from its anticipated release.

Following recent showcase for Ghost of Tsushima a few weeks back, Sony has revealed a brand-new State of Play episode today featuring in-depth gameplay preview for The Last of Us sequel, which premiered earlier on Twitch and YouTube.

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State of Play: The Last of Us Part II Showcase

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TLoU2 game director Neil Druckmann breaks down gameplay details and story experience in an extended video.




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State of Play broadcast begins with a flashback to previous events and then moves to previously shown footage from The Last of Us 2. A couple of years after first game, Ellie have moved with a community of survivors in Jackson, Wyoming.

They were able to find peace and safety behind town walls from horrors of a global pandemic. Ellie has grown up to be on her own and even found love within her community until everything was ruined all of a sudden by a tragic event.

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She begins her latest journey looking for justice and revenge, which takes her to unforeseen parts of outside world, voyaging though various weather conditions and different seasons that were not explored before in 2013 predecessor title.

Part II has added new traversal mechanics that will allow Ellie to climb, jump over gaps and even use ropes to scale or swing over. This way, she can access to new areas for a greater exploration, find resources or avoid threats.

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She can cover a most part of a vast open-world on horseback and sometime she requires riding a boat to go past flooded streets. In her quest to seek retribution, she would come across human enemies, guard dogs and infected creatures.

A huge part of story premise takes place in Seattle, which was formerly a quarantine zone and has now become a warzone for its former residents. Members of two surviving fractions are constantly fighting over control of land and resources.

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One of these groups is a militia force named Washington Liberation Front or simply known as WLF for short. They fought military occupation in early days of pandemic and were able to gain control over Seattle but still wary of trespassers.

Then there is a fanatical religious cult calling themselves Seraphites or Scars, also fighting for territory and living among themselves. These guys are brutal in their ways, prefers to be very stealthy when they go out and roam in groups.

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Alongside these murdering sects, the deadly threat of Cordyceps infected creatures is still out there to take you out if you are not ready. Aside from Clickers, Runners and Stalkers, TLoU2 introduces a new enemy type called Shamblers.

These heavily armored beings are overly mutated threats that will spread out corrosive spores that can burn you. Druckmann mentions of one more lethal enemy class in his narration that has been kept in reserve to discover upon launch.

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More details on various gameplay mechanics such as combat, crafting, listen mode, skill tree development, senses, stealth and other aspects that were discussed in early videos are given a through breakdown by game director himself.

Hiding under tall grasses is an easy cover but enemies can easily find you when they are in close proximity. If you get surrounded, running away is a better way to avoid being mobbed and then slowly establish cover to come up with new plan.

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Otherwise, Ellie can choose to fight back as she is more agile than most enemies and has a number of weapons to defend herself. She can place a perfect shot or use any throwable items to stun them before finally taking them down.

Although she can take care of herself, Ellie will be backed up by her lover Dina or friend Jesse in few of her missions. In presence of multiple types of enemies, you need to come up with new strategy of approach or pit them against each other.

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In an extended gameplay sequence, Ellie explores around Seattle by swimming and ends up in a WLF territory. She sneaks up on a girl from enemy camp playing on her PlayStation Vita and kills her shortly afterwards by stabbing in her throat.

On her way to enter nearby compound she kills a bunch of guards, displaying previously discussed features. She even drops a molotov cocktail on an unsuspecting WLF member and her guard dog, potentially burning them both alive.

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It appears that previous 4Chan leak claiming The Last of Us sequel would be a "Revenge Story" against a cult was accurate on a few things about Seraphites and WLF but fans will have to wait till its release to see if all those rumors were true.

Throughout 23-minutes long State of Play episode for The Last of Us Part II deep-dives into many gameplay elements that largely emphasize on a unique playthrough experience that can still interest of many players despite early leaks.