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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

PUBG Gets ‘Event Pass’ Progression System

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is bringing a new progression and reward system called 'Event Pass' this week.

Developers of PUBG Corp. has been up to a new progression system for their last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and they are about to launch it soon. Starting this Friday, they will release an "Event Pass" that will offer players many unlockable items and it will drop as they introduce the long-awaited Sanhok map on PC. Themed on the upcoming map, the pass is going to last for four weeks and this is the way how they are going to deliver premium content in future.

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PUBG Gets ‘Event Pass’ Progression System

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ third and one of the recently anticipated maps Sanhok features a jungle-like environment and is scheduled to drop on June 22. Designed for close quarter combats by keeping the size to a 4x4 KM size, you can expect much more intensity you ever saw in Erangel or Miramar. This is a nice way to keep things fresh and you probably know that by now if you have been playing it in test servers. Hopefully, more change will come and more loot will be found.

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We offer you to take a quick glance at PUBG's Sanhok map in the teaser trailer below before heading to it.




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This Event Pass presents you many new missions, which are either daily or weekly and some of them are specifically designed to play on Sanhok for you to complete them to increase your level. Leveling up will lead you to unlocking rewards but they are neither tradable nor marketable as PUBG has gotten rid of item trading because of the presence of many third-party marketplace who started abusing this system. Until they could come up with a solution, a temporary restriction is on.

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Lately, players have been unlocking contents through a crate and key system that the developers thought to be a meaningful way. Even though it sort of screws over their consumers in many ways, they somehow believe that finding rare items in this way can be "extremely satisfying" for some reason. They even mentioned that at one point, the devs even considered releasing content as paid DLC but that will simply divide the whole player base into two different groups that has access to the maps or not.

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It will also keep a lot of players from enjoying updated contents and besides, PUBG Corp. has promised at The Game Awards 2017 that they will provide all maps for free. So, an Event Pass is created, which is much like a rewarding method called Battle Pass from their rival multiplayer online battle royale game Fortnite. According to their own statement, Event Pass is introduced as a progression system that they can keep track of. Said to be available from June 22, a price was not mentioned yet.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Sanhok Map

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However, if you choose not to purchase the Event Pass, you can still enjoy those premium contents for a limited time. So, paying for it lets you permanently acquire all the cool stuff and exclusive rewards. If you buy it on a later time, you will still earn all the rewards through tracking your mission progress. Apparently, many players from their community have been requesting them for a progression system that can be tracked and we only wonder why they don't focus on other problems!

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PUBG Corporation also need to keep in mind that despite selling 50 million copies of the game, PUBG has lost almost half of its player base due to developer's lack of effort in fixing the game and focusing on cosmetic item releases. The game's Korea-based publisher Bluehole is currently in a lawsuit battle with Epic Games for copyright infringement, which should also be a matter of concern. The game was released into Steam's Early Access in March 2017 and then released for PC and Xbox One on December 2017.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Call of Duty: WWII – United Front DLC Release Date

Call of Duty: WWII – United Front, the third expansion pack is announced by Activision and will release early on PS4.

Following the announcement of first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, people got hyped and almost forgot about Call of Duty: WWII. Developer Sledgehammer Games has properly utilized the theme of Second World War and managed to become one of their most successful titles on console that earned over $1 billion worldwide within months and Activision is in a mood for announcing the third DLC pack for the game titled United Front with a brand-new trailer.

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Call of Duty: WWII – United Front DLC Release Date

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The trailer for United Front DLC briefly glimpses on what you are about to experience in the battlefield from this expansion pack.




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New Multiplayer Maps
Promising of bringing new contents, United Front will be introducing three new Multiplayer maps called Market Garden, Monte Cassino and Stalingrad. As The Allies head forward to Berlin, there will also be a new War Mode mission; Operation Supercharge and another horrific encounter with Nazi Zombies. It will include four new heroes on a mission to protect the scattered pieces of Emperor Barbarossa’s sword from three different locations and secure it for transportation.

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Market Garden Multiplayer Map

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Market Garden is the first Multiplayer map focuses on extreme tight-quarters combat with Axis forces and refrain them from taking over an Allied base in Netherlands. Your next journey will be taking you to a war-torn village for Monte Cassino map and you might want to watch out for sneak attacks from snipers on rooftop vantages. Stalingrad is the final map and just as the name suggests, it is inspired by the biggest conflict from history World War II and has two main bases at two ends of the city.

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Operation Supercharge
CoD: WWII – United Front brings a new mission for War mode named Operation Supercharge, where you will be dropped in Tunisia to secure supplies battling the Nazis. When your key supplies are secured, you are to incapacitate your enemies by blowing up a transport bridge of the village and the capture the occupied Axis defenses to complete the mission. This one is based on the second battle of El Alamein where the Germans and Italians were forced to retreat by the Allied Forces.

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Nazi Zombies – The Tortured Path

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Nazi Zombies – The Tortured Path
A brand-new adventure called The Tortured Path unfolds in Nazi Zombies saga, bringing those fierce hordes of undead back. As the Final Reich is cornering the Allied forces in battle, General Rideau took a deadly attempt to recover pieces of the mystical blade that once belonged to Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. He takes a small band to accompany him in midst of Berlin and port of Malaga to re-forge the sword containing a bizarre energy called "Geistkraft", which was responsible for the resurrection of Nazi Zombies.

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Call of Duty: WWII is already out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from November 2017 and United Front DLC pack will release on June 26 for players on PS4, because of an agreement with Sony. Others on PC and Xbox One get to get their hands on it almost a month later. Though Activision haven't revealed a definitive price tag for the expansion pack, you can get an idea of how much it could be considering the last two DLC would each cost you $15. You can also just buy the Season Pass worth $50, which has all the expansions in it.

Sony Announces PlayStation Hits on Budget Price

Get some of the greatest PlayStation games on PS4 that you might have missed before, now at a new lower price.

Back in the days, PlayStation had a Greatest Hits line to introduce all the great games on their platform and it was a great way for fans of having awesome games at cheaper rates. So, if you are yearning for a game from couple of years ago, you might actually get lucky because Sony is bringing back those traditional sales once again as PlayStation Hits. This is a selective lot of exciting PS4 games and the price range starts from as low as $19.99 only available across U.S. from June 28.

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Sony Announces PlayStation Hits on Budget Price

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In Canada, the lowest retail price will be starting from at $19.99 CAD at PS Store and through participating retailers on 14 games. Customers in U.S. will be enjoying this great discount deal on 15 games though. In retails shops, PlayStation Hits line of games will come in red packages as an alternative for usual PS blue color and they will feature red banners in case of digital purchase as well, which immediately tells you that they belong to the Hits lineup and you can find them out easily.

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PlayStation Hits U.S. Lineup

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The US lineup features games like Bloodborne, Battlefield 4, Doom, Driveclub, Infamous: Second Son, Killzone: Shadow Fall, The Last of Us Remastered, LittleBigPlanet 3, Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience, Project CARS, Ratchet & Clank, Street Fighter V, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami. Undoubtedly, the collection has gathered some fan-favorites as well as critically acclaimed picks for both hardcore gamers and casual players to keep them engaged.

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The lineup for UK and EU has all the titles mentioned above alongside other inclusions of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Knight, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition, EA Sports UFC 2, Earth Defense 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Mortal Kombat X, Need for Speed, Need for Speed Rivals, Rayman Legends and Watch Dogs, except for Battlefield 4, Doom, Metal Gear Solid V and Yakuza Kiwami.

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PlayStation Hits PS4 Bundle for Europe

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Sony has taken this awe-inspiring initiative of dropping price rates of some of their best-selling games to celebrate five-year anniversary of PlayStation 4. Some of the PS4 exclusives also made it to the discount list for this occasion and it really tells how much they appreciate their fans. The publisher company is affirmative about adding more popular titles to the Hits line in future. For a selective few European markets, a 1 TB special edition PlayStation Hits PS4 bundle is coming with three above-mentioned PlayStation Hits titles.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Marvel's Spider-Man Comes to Marvel Comics

Marvel's Spider-Man from Insomniac Games to make canonical debut in upcoming Spidergeddon #0 from Marvel Comics.

Upcoming action-adventure title Marvel's Spider-Man from Insomniac Games and Sony Entertainment sees release on September 7 as a PlayStation 4-exclusive. By now, we have gone though it too many a times that this game is focused on a Peter Parker that is not the Spider-Man from the regular comic's continuity. We also know that Marvel tend to tie-in with their various media with each other and so, this brand-new Spidey is going to make its debut in Spidergeddon #0!

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Marvel's Spider-Man Comes to Marvel Comics

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Marvel Comics has been teasing for this crossover event for some time which is a successor of Spider-Verse arc from 2014. It showcased new characters like Silk and Spider-Gwen, while one of the fiercest enemies of the wall-crawler; Morlun. The teaser image for Spidergeddon event says, “Spidergeddon is nigh!” and over a dozen of different Spider-Men versions are coming out. However, one of them is mysteriously shrouded in dark and has not revealed the identity just yet.

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Spidergeddon Is Nigh!

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We now come to a conclusion of that Spider-Person, who is none other than the Spider-Man of upcoming PS4 game. He will make a spectacular entry in Marvel Universe alongside his fellow arachnid counterparts and probably got busy saving their existence from the threat of ... well, that part is still not revealed but considering how they are after the Spider-Totem for centuries and come back even after getting killed off has got us believe it has something to do with Morlun and his family.

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To helm this event, Marvel has picked comic-book writer Christos Gage (Thunderbolts – Secret Invasion, World War Hulk – X-Men) and artist Clayton Crain (Carnage – U.S.A., Ghost Rider – Road to Damnation) to work things up. Gage has also worked on the script of Marvel's Spider-Man game and he thinks there couldn't be a better time that this new embodiment of the hero joins the rest of his brethren. He really tried to work things out nicely between all these characters to keep things interesting.

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In addition, Marvel will feature him in five of their variant covers to celebrate this new incarnation of web slinger. Marvel Games' creative director Bill Rosemann has Tweeted out four of those amazing variant covers featuring our newly revamped hero in sequences inspired from the game.



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Of course the core-story will be dominated by characters like the Amazing Spider-Man, his clone Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen, the writer had to choose how to place this new character in a way that doesn't seem forced or unnecessary to audience, because this is going to be a major step for him. Insomniac's web head will see digital and hard copy release on September 26 and even if you do not finish the game before that, you still won't have to worry about any spoilers though.

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Spidergeddon, Issue #0

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This surely is a triumphant achievement for the entire team of Insomniac Games and PlayStation as their take of a popular character is being featured in a major crossover event from Marvel Comics and get to display his all-new glory in variant covers of other monthly ongoing books as well. Rosemann believes it as a rare honor for their creative efforts to flesh out a redefined version of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and it will inspire them to do better in future.

Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have Full Nudity

Because it is reflecting of their theme, Cyberpunk 2077 will not have censorship as it defines the genre of the game.

Long since the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developer studio CD Projekt Red has been busy with their upcoming role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077, which was announced in May 2012, then dropped a teaser trailer next year and at E3 2018, they have finally revealed another trailer with a release date yet to be set. They have displayed over a 50 minutes long gameplay demo to the audience present to show them various features of the game and to make a statement.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have Full Nudity

Obviously, the demo was clearly impressive and the people there is reminded their capability as a studio. However, at point of the presentation, there were some giggles in the crowd for a certain reason. The game has a character creation system where you can customize face, hairstyles and even sex, which have both male and female figures on a blue mock-up background. Although the models were completely nude, their genital parts were pixelated with noise.

Maybe some members from the spectators giggled because they were either shocked by nudity or uncomfortable with the subject. Some of them perhaps wondered why censoring the human form in a video game but game director Adam Badowski thought it was very necessary. For the E3 presentation, they decided to censor nudity as a tactical move by the developer team. CD Projekt Red didn't want people to think that they have used nudity in video games for some shock value.

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Hottest Tech In Town

When the full game will be released, there will not be any pixelated area or digital noise over the bodies but for the E3 conference, they simply wanted the international press over there not making a huge deal about male or female sexuality. Also, they wanted to keep the public reaction to a giggle and not bursting into laughter. Badowski believes, nakedness is normal and makes it all believable, which is why they included it. It's not something special and there is no other reason for them to go with it.

One of the most important themes for the game Cyberpunk 2077 is transhumanism and their inclusion of full nudity in it actually supports the belief. It is the idea that humanity can rise above their mental and physical state with technological enhancements. The entire game is about to let the players experience how that feeling is and bareness is just part of a puzzle piece that makes it whole along with many other aspects. Showing body parts are necessary because they play a big role in the setting.

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Transcend Above Current Form

There is a sequence, where your job is to rescue a kidnapped woman and you learn a brutal truth that she was not taken because of a demand of ransom. Her captors were planning to chop her to pieces so that they can collect high-tech implants within her body to sell them on black market. Upon defeating the crooks, you discover her body in a bathtub full of ice with another naked NPC. The player must bring her outside for the paramedics to take a look at her ASAP.

In the futuristic Night City, everyone wants or needs augmented parts for their body and meat or not, body parts are shown for that reason. Some of them are so much augmented that there is a little of humanity left in them or maybe none. So, people do not need to feel awkward about that as it is the nature of the genre. CD Projekt Red still hasn't announced a release date for Cyberpunk 2077 which will be available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

HitRecord on Beyond Good & Evil 2 #nospec Backlash

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s collaboration organization HitRecord is teaming up with Ubisoft but some people skeptical of the idea.

Just like many other exclusive news from E3 2018 press conference has gotten us excited, developer studio Ubisoft had a couple of them in their fold. Teaming up with an online collaborative production company HitRecord owned by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt for their upcoming action-adventure game Beyond Good & Evil 2 have all the enthusiastic fans thrilled for a rare chance of contributing to this project but this also invokes criticism from many industry professionals.

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HitRecord on Beyond Good & Evil 2 #nospec Backlash

During the discussion, fans are asked to participate creating art assets and making music that will be used in the actual game. This use of fan-made assets has some amateurs and professionals of the art community concerned over the issue of payment. While Gordon and Ubisoft allowed artists and musicians to take part and showcase their talent, people were commenting on whether or not they are getting paid for using their work as it was omitted in the initial announcement.

Seeing everyone making remarks over the matter, Gordon almost immediately took Twitter to clear out things and their intention of paying the patron.



Assuring that each backer would get paid whenever their work used for the game would earn money from it did not really cleared out the frustration that came out from many specialized individuals. He cleared out that his platform is not for industry professionals to earn a living from and they just don't pay in crumbs. Depending on their amount of input for the finished product, some of those benefactors earn in hundreds and some even ends up making tens of thousands for their effort.

HitRecord's partnering up with Ubisoft for Beyond Good and Evil 2 is not just another regular collaboration project. It opens up a new door of opportunity for the contributors to be involved in certain parts of the game and get paid a kind of compensation from a budget sum of $50,000. It will be spread among everyone who has their work included in the completed game. However, for a multibillion-dollar publisher like Ubisoft, that amount is relatively small for a project like this.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt at E3

This ridiculous payment sum clearly points out that both companies are not looking to hire anyone but get a work done by the involvement of group of community artists and that is where many professionals have a problem. This program seemingly looks an awful lot like "spec work" or "speculative work", where an artist works on a project which may or may not earn him a payment. A lot of big-name companies try to rip-off artists with this absurd practice and concerned artists are against this initiative.

The following video is a fine example from Canadian design agency Zulu Alpha Kilo on how "spec work" is totally unacceptable and absurd.




It's been quite long that a lot of agencies and individual professionals have taken a stand against this irrationality and some of them are even using the #nospec hashtag on social media as well. Though in most cases, companies don't give you any form of control over your own original work, Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord works on how to monetize it and give you a cut under a non-exclusive license. The content creator reserves the full right to do whatever they please with it or however they use it.

That actually makes things trickier, because despite you owning the rights to your contribution, the end work is a result of many collaborators and produces a unique product which they have the right to sell. The $50,000 esteemed budget is for music and visuals of nine categories for BGE2 has already amassed more than three thousand submissions. So, the above-mentioned prize is a small piece of cake for a selected many to take a bite from and a huge sum of unpaid labor for others not making a cut.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Last of Us Hits 17 Million Sales

Sony Interactive Entertainment has sold more than 17 million copies of The Last of Us game on PS3 and PS4.

With everyone hyping over developer Naughty Dog's upcoming action-adventure survival horror game The Last of Us Part II with its amazing gameplay reveal at E3 2018, the studio reminded us why they’re making a sequel to the critically acclaimed original. On the 5th anniversary of The Last of Us' release, their official Twitter account revealed that publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment have sold over 17 million copies of the game till April 2018 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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The Last of Us Hits 17 Million Sales

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Although, they had the data regarding units sold to their hands back in April, the studio probably waited for the fifth anniversary of the game’s debut to come and then make it public. The game was released on June 14, 2013 for PS3 and 13 months after it came out, Sony has already sold 7 million copies of it. A PS4 version, The Last of Us Remastered is released on July 2014, which saw 1 million units sold in just a month and mounted a total of 8 million copies of the game.



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It terms of sales, The Last of Us had a pretty good run by selling nearly close to 10 million copies in a year after it saw release. When the game was ported to PlayStation 4, it saw another surge on stores for the game. It became so popular that Sony even announced a new PlayStation 4 bundle that offered The Last of Us Remastered with it back in 2015. Game director Neil Druckmann surely did an awesome job creating a compelling story of Joel and Ellie's unforgettable journey in such a dark and gritty world.

The Last of Us Part II Only Playable Character is Ellie

Naughty Dog suggesting that protagonist Joel of the original game will not be a playable character in the sequel.

Critically acclaimed action-adventure survival horror The Last of Us is getting a sequel, which was announced at PlayStation Experience 2016. By the time we witnessed E3 2018, we got to look at some gameplay footage as promised by game director Neil Druckmann. Developers of Naughty Dog has been hinting for some time that Joel from the original game will not be a playable character in The Last of Us Part II anymore and Ellie will take charge from here in the sequel.

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The Last of Us Part II Only Playable Character is Ellie

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After some time, Druckmann also confirmed this theory recently during Sony's E3 2018 press conference. Previously, players were able to take control of both Joel and Ellie in a two-part gameplay but it looks like we are not going to experience anything like that. Now, this leads fans to speculate that the studio is probably killing off Joel's character and they have many reasons to believe that. One of them is Ellie being the sole focus of all the trailers released till date.

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Ellie is a teenage survivor of a post-apocalyptic world, who grew under the wings of Joel as a strong female protagonist and they both developed a bond. There is a good reason for Naughty Dog being all secretive about what happened to her guardian angel in this PlayStation 4-exclusive. Perhaps, they just don't want to spoil the story for fans in advance as it can diminish the impact of this twist upon release. Probably this is why; Joel actually appears briefly in one of the early trailers and interacted with her.

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Joel Isn’t Playable

RELATED: The Last of Us Part II Premiere Trailer

Our best guess is that he died in between the events of these two games and whatever appearances he makes is some sort of cameo in form of flashback from past. The E3 gameplay reveal trailer hints of him still being around when Jesse talks to Ellie about her "Old-Man", which strongly refers to Joel. However, she then embarks a journey for retribution also suggests that she lost someone beloved to her and maybe she lost him as well as her newly introduced love interest Dina.

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Although Druckmann confirmed Ellie being the only playable character, possibilities of Joel appearing in a later DLC is still in hand. Keeping the dark aesthetic of the series in mind and Joel's phrasing to Ellie in the first trailer as “You really going to go through with this?” instead of saying "We" deeply hints that he is just a ghostly apparition that resides in her mind as she seeks revenge against some group of humans we saw her prey on at the gameplay reveal trailer.