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Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely

Sony has delayed release of The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR for indefinite time until further notice.

In recent wake of Coronavirus pandemic, every major entertainment media including video game industry are being affected and upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II becomes one of its most recent causality.

Sony Interactive Entertainment has lately decided to postpone launch for two of their expected PS4 titles due to global crisis of COVID-19 that is disrupting related services from providing a standard launch experience for all players.

The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely

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Originally, The Last of Us 2 had a February release date that was eventually delayed by developer Naughty Dog and moved to May 29, which is now delayed until further notice alongside VR shooter title Marvel's Iron Man VR.

It is safe to say that most recent delay in TLoU2 is not because of developers needing more time to work on it but because of logistics. Since Coronavirus is having impact on economy, Sony had no better option than pushing back its launch.

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In a recent post through official Twitter account, Naughty Dog states that they were in the middle of fixing final bugs at this point. Even if they finish it up now, they can't make sure that everyone gets to play it around same time.

Therefore, studios settled on delaying The Last of Us Part 2 until logistic issues can be solved before release. Of course, neither dev team nor players are happy about the postponement but this will be a fair action to everyone right now.

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In a time of distress when many are seeking comfort in video games to deal with boredom during quarantine, a widely-anticipated game like The Last of Us sequel getting delayed indefinitely is truly disappointing for sure.

Sony and Naughty Dog will be announcing updates on The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR as soon as they will have one. Unless they end up pushing back PlayStation 5 release date, these games may possibly arrive in summer 2020.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

PlayStation Plus Free Games for April 2020

PlayStation Plus free games lineup for April 2020 includes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Dirt Rally 2.0.

Now that PlayStation Plus games for April 2020 have been officially announced by Sony Entertainment, turns out leaks that came out last week revealing Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Dirt Rally 2.0 in advance was actually accurate.

Sony usually unveils their PS Plus schedule on last Wednesday of each month but that schedule was moved out this month for some reason. Both of these PlayStation 4 titles will become available for all monthly subscribers on April 7, 2020.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for April 2020

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Those who picked up Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection back in January 2020 on PS Plus would surely appreciate having Uncharted 4 this month and embark a new journey with Nathan Drake across the globe for a long-lost treasure.

Next month, developer Naughty Dog will be celebrating fourth anniversary of this 2016 acclaimed title and this is a great chance to hitch a ride of a lifetime with retired fortune hunter once again to uncover a historical conspiracy.

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Largely known for rally driving, Dirt Rally 2.0 takes you to race over iconic tracks in single-player campaign or online multiplayer. There is a rallycross mode that features supercars and eight circuits from FIA World Rallycross championship.

One of the most realistic race simulator titles from British developer/publisher Codemasters, 2.0 has variety of challenging courses, car customizations and weather changing system to offer an outstanding your off-road experience.

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PlayStation Plus members won't have to idly wait for another week to claim newest lineup of games as they still have a few days left to download both Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces from last month before April 6.

Sony is seemingly giving away some great games on PS Plus for 2020 compared to last year, which was pretty dull. More of their PS4-exclusives are being given lately in anticipation of PlayStation 5 launch this holiday season.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Naughty Dog Needs to Work on Its Crunch Culture

Employees working at Naughty Dog are reaching limits of their "crunch culture" to release The Last of Us Part II.

In video game industry, "crunch" or working extra hours out of your regular schedule to meet deadline is an unavoidable term for most companies even though they are extremely frowned upon by loyal fans and game journalists.

According to new reports from Jason Schreier of Kotaku, developer studio Naughty Dog tends to encourage workplace crunch culture to its team just to get their game complete in time, including upcoming The Last of Us Part II.

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Naughty Dog Needs to Work on Its Crunch Culture

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Schreier talked to a bunch of past and present employees of the studio under anonymity to learn that Naughty Dog used crunch culture in many of their past game development cycle and it started to get messy with TLoU Part 2.

People who work there are content under current management team and although they don't outright tell anyone to work overtime, there is a sub-textual implication of getting the job done at all costs, says a former developer.

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When they had to delay The Last of Us Part II to May 2020, it was simply because game director Neil Druckmann thought the game was not up to Naughty Dog quality yet and needs more polish to avoid narrowing original vision.

Therefore, this delay announcement did not put developers at ease and they had to go double as hard. This timely postponement has only helped narrowly avoid a messy situation among studio employees that was almost inevitable.

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In some cases, Naughty Dog doesn't even try to hide their workload and looks for individuals that are willing to work extra hours. New staffs are encouraged to work longer periods just to try and make things close to perfect.

Some developers are hoping for The Last of Us 2 to fail just so it could prove that poor working conditions don't work, which seems unlikely for a game that is praised in all preview events and a studio known for their approach to perfection.

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This cycle of extensive pressure force employees to crunch hard until Naughty Dog ships a game that scores great. Once it starts generating bonuses, senior employees leave studio and thus, creating a cycle of recruiting and departures.

Last year, there were reports of Rockstar Games pushing developers for 100 hours of work weeks during development of Red Dead Redemption 2 just to launch it in time, which got rave reviews and sold pretty well on all platforms.

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Crunch culture has always existed in game industry but only came under fire when reports started exposing its brutal practices recently. Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red admitted that they have to crunch to get Cyberpunk 2077 out in time.

Video game industry is not doing away with its terrible crunch culture anytime soon unless of course customers start questioning on what does it cost to make their favorite entertainment products, so a serious change comes from within.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Last of Us TV Series Comes to HBO

HBO has announced to develop a TV show based on Naughty Dog's iconic video game series The Last of Us.

After being in development for an anticipated film adaptation for years, a television adaptation for post-apocalyptic survival franchise The Last of Us is greenlit by HBO network at long last, in association with developer Naughty Dog.

Primetime Emmy Award winner Craig Mazin, who worked on acclaimed 2019 limited series Chernobyl based on true-life disastrous event and is currently writing script for upcoming Borderlands movie, will return to helm this project.

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The Last of Us TV Series Comes to HBO

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Mazin will be teaming up to executive-produce and write for the upcoming TV show for HBO with Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann, who has served as co-director and writer for The Last of Us series of video games.

Joining them as executive producer are Naughty Dog president Evan Wells and veteran HBO producer Carolyn Strauss. This is a first project for PlayStation Productions, a film and TV group under Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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HBO officially announced the news of The Last of Us television adaptation on Twitter with a brief clip saying "Coming Soon".


RELATED: Neil Druckmann Talks The Last of Us Inspiration

The Last of Us was launched on PlayStation 3 back in 2013 and received a remastered port for PlayStation 4 console next year. It has sold over 17 million copies on both platforms and led to a sequel that is scheduled to arrive in May 2020.

HBO series will not only to cover events from original game and there are possibilities of some additional content. Mazin reveals that he was looking forward to adapt TLoU for many years and now he even got to work with Neil as well.

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Druckmann also expressed his admiration for Craig Mazin approaches a narrative and is impressed by his understanding of The Last of Us. He believes there couldn't be a better partner than Craig and HBO for bringing TLoU to life.

Previously, film director Sam Raimi (Darkman, Spider-Man) was working on a movie adaptation of The Last of Us during early 2014 but that project eventually ended up being shelved due to his disagreement over direction with Druckmann.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 to Feature Nudity & Sexual Content

ESRB rating for The Last of Us Part 2 reveals to feature nudity and explicit sexual content, a first for a Naughty Dog game.

Known as original developer of Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, Naughty Dog studio is largely known for developing family-friendly games but then they started to lean more towards adult themes during PlayStation 3 era.

With 2013 release of acclaimed action-adventure survival horror The Last of Us, a lot of gore and graphic violence was introduced but upcoming The Last of Us Part II will be the first Naughty Dog title to feature nudity and sexual content.

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The Last of Us Part 2 to Feature Nudity & Sexual Content

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed to May 2020

According to new age rating given by ESRB on official PlayStation Store page, TLoU2 received "M" for "Mature" mark. Its predecessor title has already displayed intense violence but they never really explored explicit content territory.

Though an early demo of TLoU Part II had some comments and mild overtone at adult themes, they were actually too subtle to be on the nose. It simply shows Ellie and Dina talking about their relationship while sharing a joint together.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay Details

As an adult now, Ellie is romantically involved with a girl named Dina and there may be intimate moments between them that are shown throughout gameplay when she goes on a killing spree after something wrong probably happened to her love.

Adding "nudity" and "sexual content" is a major leap for Naughty Dog since they were mostly suggestive in past when it came to intimate subject. These content warning is a clear hint of studio claim for most mature and adult tale yet.

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Though major studios often make sex scenes between video game characters awkward and cringey, Naughty Dog can be trusted to make an artistic and true-to-life depiction for a story, given their reputation in narrative design.

Though many fans were disappointed when news of The Last of Us Part II being delayed came out but then game director Neil Druckmann assured everyone that it will make fans proud when it finally arrives on May 29, 2020.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Uncharted Movie Director Travis Knight Exits

Sony loses director Travis Knight for Uncharted movie due to scheduling conflict with actor Tom Holland.

During mid-2019, a definitive release date for live-action Uncharted movie was announced for holiday 2020 that has been long-delayed but then director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror) quits project in August.

Afterwards, director Travis Knight (Bumblebee, Kubo and the Two Strings) was hired and he has recently confirmed leaving production as well. Sony Pictures however, still intends to move on with new director on board soon and another date.

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Uncharted Movie Director Travis Knight Exits

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According to reports, it was a lengthy shooting schedule of actor Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming) for next Spider-Man movie that has forced Knight to leave at this phase of development.

Holland will get busy shooting for third Spider-Man film for Marvel Cinematic Universe in summer of 2020. Aside from other project he has, this will create a scheduling problem since Uncharted was set to release on December 18, 2020.

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Sony is trying their best to make a film adaptation of Uncharted for decades that already has a screenplay draft written by Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chuck) and Matt Holloway (Iron Man, Transformers: The Last Knight).

In June 2019, Holland is cast to play a young Nathan Drake alongside actor Mark Wahlberg (2 Guns, Pain & Gain), who will co-star in role of Victor "Sully" Sullivan for Uncharted movie that will serve as a prequel to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune game.

RELATED: Uncharted and Last of Us Movie Update

Regardless of recent departure of Travis Knight, both Holland and Wahlberg remains attached to the project. Following official announcement back in 2007, Sony has seen many directors, stars and writer walking out of the anticipated movie.

Last year in May, Sony Interactive Entertainment launched brand-new PlayStation Productions studio to adapt their popular first-party titles for films and television, which is currently in charge of Uncharted and The Last of Us movie.

PlayStation Plus Free Games for January 2020

For January 2020, PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Goat Simulator.

Entering into a New Year, Sony Entertainment has just announced a brand-new free games lineup for subscribers of PlayStation Plus monthly subscription service in January 2020 and it is stating with a blast for everyone.

From January 7, two new free PlayStation 4 titles will become available to PS Plus members but before they do, you still have a couple of days to enjoy both Titanfall 2 and Monster Energy Supercross until January 6, 2020.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for January 2020

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection collects first three installments of acclaimed action-adventure series Uncharted from developer Naughty Dog that literally has revolutionized modern-day storytelling through video games.

Featuring adventures of protagonist and treasure hunter Nathan Drake, players are in for an unbelievable journey throughout the globe to seek extraordinary findings and stay ahead of ruthless foes in all three single-player campaigns.

Then get ready to treat yourself with a healthy dose of chaos and madness in third-person action game Goat Simulator from indie developer/publisher Coffee Stain Studios that puts you into the hooves of a goat of destruction.

Feel free to throw yourself at a number of objects that all has intensely accurate physics and enjoy the sheer fun of being carefree about it. You can also lick stuff and drag them around with the goat's tongue wherever you go.

Now that Sony has cancelled giving out PlayStation 3 titles from last year, they are trying to provide value for monthly PS4 free games. Plus, you can always get some exclusive discount at PSN store on purchase of any title for your membership.

When Nathan Drake Collection and Goat Simulator will become available on PlayStation Plus, subscribers will have access over them till February 3. New users can also sign-up for a 14-day free trial period to see if they would like to keep up.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed to May 2020

Game director Neil Druckmann revealed a new release date for The Last of Us Part II, which has now been delayed to May 2020.

Last month, players finally got an anticipated early 2020 release date for upcoming PlayStation 4 action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II at State of Play presentation with new story trailer and a gameplay preview for press.

In an unfortunate note, game director Neil Druckmann officially announces today that TLoU2 will now be pushed forward to May 29, 2020 from a previously slated launch date of February 21 for a better playing experience.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Delayed to May 2020

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It would come as a surprise for many fans that Naughty Dog studio would delay one of their much-awaited releases following a release date reveal even after taking a considerably long development period that started in 2014.

However, Druckmann clarifies that entire game would not likely be as polished as they would like it to be to ensure a certain standard of quality by time they will face a launch deadline as they are closing in different sections of it.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay Details

Therefore, they had to choose between two given options of either compromise their vision to release in set time or take enough time to nicely polish the game to maintain excellence while avoiding development crunch time.

Coming next year, The Last of Us Part II is a PS4-exclusive title from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment, which is a follow up sequel to 2013 universally acclaimed survival horror game The Last of Us.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay Details

Newly revealed The Last of Us Part II gameplay demo details on new ability features and enemy types.

Recently showcased on State of Play episode, developer Naughty Dog released a new story trailer for upcoming action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II and is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 on February 21, 2020.

There was a media event held on September 24 for TLoU2 in Los Angeles, where they presented a short demo for select crowd that reveals new gameplay details, features and visual improvements made for the much awaited sequel.

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The Last of Us Part II Gameplay Details

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Game director Neil Druckmann breaks down gameplay details of The Last of Us Part II in newly shown footage.




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Ellie is nineteen now and during early phase of the demo, Ellie would share beautiful moments with her companion, Dina. These two spending time together in Wyoming wilderness slowly build up a premise for what comes next.

By second half of demo, she becomes really violent and will stop at nothing to exact revenge on people who hurt her loved ones. When in Seattle, she encounters a hostile group of survivors who kept Joel's brother, Tommy captive.

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Heartfelt Story Moments

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No matter how cruel and harsh they are, these enemies she faces are real people with friends or families and therefore, taking them down will cause people close to them scream in grief but that is a price you have to pay to survive.

Ellie starts patrolling on horseback through abandoned towns of Jackson, Wyoming in snow. She and Dina go looking for any sign of infected Clickers, looters or even some survivors within empty buildings as their primary objective.

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A Clicker Encounter

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They leave behind the snowy landscape when entering to neighborhood of Seattle, where her surroundings are covered in green. This is where things start going topsy turvy and she had to take a stand against a ruthless enemy group.

Now that she is no longer a little girl, Ellie is more flexible and can do a lot of stuff compared to Joel. She can jump to reach higher areas to find a way out and even able to dodge close-range attacks to save her neck from a slashing axe.

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Dodging is a newly added feature that can come in very handy in times of avoiding a surprise attack or sort of try to corner you. Naughty Dog has developed an improved AI for opponents to act smarter and be a bit unpredictable at times.

Another latest aspect of her movement is crawling ability that gives her an edge for stealth, allowing her to quickly get out of enemy sight. However, enemies use trained guard dog to sniff you out and track down even if you are hiding.

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Analog Stealth System

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Of course, you can stay away from them by activating Listen Mode and follow your scent trail but after you manage to kill their handler, whether you chose to leave them or take them down is totally up to your own moral choice.

Further playthrough will unlock abilities for Ellie and there are multiple skill upgrade paths to choose from depending on your preferred playstyle. Stealth focus is largely leaned towards survival and crafting lets her upgrade melee weapons.

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Also, since entire studio became very busy creating an ambitious single-player experience, Naughty Dog has confirmed on recent press event to unfortunately backtracking from their early plans of including multiplayer components.

The Last of Us Part II has largely improved on core gameplay mechanics of critically-acclaimed original from 2013 and is coming on two discs due to size of its overall content, which will hopefully be worth waiting for such long.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Last of Us 2 Release Date and Collector's Edition Announced

Naughty Dog reveals official release date and Collector's Editions for Last of Us Part II on Sony's recent State of Play.

Ever since game director Neil Druckmann posted out about wrapping up shooting for The Last of Us Part II on Twitter, fans have been speculating about an early 2020 release date for upcoming PlayStation 4 action-adventure game.

Ahead of Sony's recent episode of State of Play presentation, developer Naughty Dog confirmed for TLoU2 to be a part of its showcase and it eventually revealed to come out on February 21, 2020 via a newly released trailer.

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The Last of Us II Release Date and Collector's Edition Announced

RELATED: The Last of Us 2 Confirmed For Sony State of Play

Check out the newly released launch date trailer for Last of Us Part II that reveals parts of its story as well.




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In a vague manner, the video picks up from an early trailer shown at E3 2018 and pick things up from there to match current status quo. It attempts to slowly unravel why Ellie appeared to be a vengeful spirit, who is hell-bent on revenge.

An older Ellie is asked by her love interest Dina about how she would rate their kiss from last night and she just looks at her. Then the scene cuts to show a community that has raised walls to keep away from rest of the world.

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A group of survivors have made a life inside and appears to live in prosperity until one bad day of going for a supply run or survey of some sorts. Ellie decided to tag along with Dina and her friend Jesse, unaware of what is coming to them.

They came across some Cordyceps infected during their excursion in winter and eventually made it through but then an encounter with a mysterious cult proves to be too much for them when Ellie suffers a great loss at their hands.

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She barely made it out and came back alive with a strong resolve for vengeance even though her friends discourage her to go up against such large group called Seraphites but she ran into them like an unstoppable force of reckoning.

Getting into their territory, she ran into some overwhelming odds to handle but kept going, until she found a friendly assistant. Her father figure and an elderly Joel came following to help her who is not willing to let her do this alone.

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Joel Has Returned

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An early post in ResetEra forum from July 2019 claimed that TLoU2 will release Standard, Special, Collector's and Ellie Edition of the game on PS4, which turns out to be quite accurate except for the exclusion of Digital Deluxe Edition.

The Last of Us 2 Collector's Edition comes with a 12" Ellie statue, life-sized replica of her bracelet, lithograph print, mini art book, set of six pins, SteelBook case, stickers and code for bunch of for digital content for just $169.99.

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Last of Us Part II Collector's Edition

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Ellie Edition will be priced $229.99 only for all contents from Collector's Edition on top of an Ellie backpack, embroidery patch and vinyl record. Special Edition comes at $79.99, featuring all digital content from above mentioned versions in a SteelBook.

In terms of buying a Digital Deluxe Edition of TLoU2, players can have all downloadable contents from previously talked about versions of the game for only $69.99 and a digital copy of its Standard Edition, which is priced $59.99 only.

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Last of Us Part II Ellie Edition
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Last of Us Part II Special Edition
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Last of Us Part II Digital Deluxe Edition
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Last of Us Part II Standard Edition

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For retail pre-order or PlayStation Store purchase, players will receive themed PSN avatar of Ellie's tattoo and two unlocks. At launch, ammo capacity upgrade and a training manual for crafting upgrades will unlock instantly.

The Last of Us Part II marks to be one of the most-anticipated releases on PS4 for next year and possibly one of the biggest titles of 2020. Also, a brand-new gameplay video from press event will premiere on September 26, annual Outbreak Day.

PlayStation Plus Free Games for October 2019

October 2019 free games lineup for PlayStation Plus includes The Last of Us Remastered and MLB: The Show 19.

In their third and most recent broadcast of State of Play livestream, members of PlayStation Plus are given a look of upcoming two free PlayStation 4 games lineup for the month of October by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

After complaints from subscribers for past few months, the subscription platform has put out some good games at last. Before new titles arrive for next month on PS Plus, members can still download and play Batman: Arkham Knight and Darksiders III.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for October 2019

We already have a definitive release date of February 21, 2020 set for The Last of Us Part II but before the sequel to post-apocalyptic survival horror adventure arrives, players have a chance to relive an epic journey of Joel and Ellie.

When civilization is fallen after a global pandemic, survivor Joel and Ellie came together by situation to become inseparable. The Last of Us Remastered includes both the main game and its DLC expansion pack The Last of Us: Left Behind.

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The Last of Us Remastered on PlayStation Plus Free Games

If you have some spare time in hand for some simulation baseball game, then developer SIE San Diego Studio have you covered with MLB: The Show 19, most recent outing from popular sports franchise based on Major League Baseball.

Anyone joining between October 1 and October 31 will receive some free in-game content. Redeem five free packs to get a Diamond player for your squad in Diamond Dynasty trading card mode and equipments for Road to the Show player.

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MLB: The Show 19 on PlayStation Plus Free Games

October 2019 is going to be perhaps the biggest month for PlayStation Plus free games and will keep everyone busy till next month. Sony has put two of their top demanding titles on their subscription service for first time only for fans.

Both TLoU and MLB 19 will become available for October 1 to November 4, 2019 on PS Plus. Aside from new freebie lineup for each month, members also enjoy 100 GB cloud storage for game saves and exclusive discounts on PS4 games.

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Last of Us 2 Confirmed For Sony State of Play

Ahead of Sony's next State of Play livestream, Naughty Dog confirmed for The Last of Us Part II to show up.

Upon announcement of a new episode of State of Play presentation from Sony Interactive Entertainment set for September 24, many were hoping to see more of upcoming PlayStation 4 action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II.

For long, there has been no presence of the game or whatsoever in any of major video game media events of 2019 so far and then developer Naughty Dog made a Twitter announcement today that finally confirms TLoU2 to be part of it.

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The Last of Us 2 Confirmed For Sony State of Play

RELATED: The Last of Us Part II Rumored to Release in February 2020

Earlier this year on March, Sony started rolling out Nintendo Direct-like video presentations featuring news of their upcoming high-profile exclusive releases and their next show will air on this Tuesday, 1:00 PM PDT/4:00 PM EDT.

The very same day on September 24, Naughty Dog is scheduled to host a press event in Los Angeles that will be focused on The Last of Us Part II among many other anticipated PS4 titles but what they are going to reveal is not clear yet.

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Developers made a Tweet of a switchblade knife with a caption from protagonist Ellie to confirm TLoU2 for State of Play.


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Back in April 2019, game director Neil Druckmann revealed on social media that motion capture shooting for The Last of Us sequel was finally wrapped and then a post at ResetEra forum claimed that the game will release in February 2020.

Holiday season for 2019 will see launch of PS4-exclusive Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima on November 8 and Final Fantasy VII Remake is scheduled for March 3, 2020, making February release window a perfect fit for TLoU2 to come out.

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Sony will broadcast third episode livestream of their State of Play show over Facebook, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube channels. Some news regarding another action-adventure title Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch can also be on its way.

Naughty Dog is most likely to reveal an official release date for The Last of Us Part II with some new footage of gameplay or its story, which will keep players on PlayStation 4 busy until they wait for Death Stranding to come out in months.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Last of Us Part 2 Rumored to Release in February 2020

Rumor suggests The Last of Us Part II is going to release for PS4 in February 2020 with four different editions.

Fans are eagerly waiting to get any update on upcoming PlayStation 4 action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II but we don't have a definitive release date from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment yet.

We do know that back in May 2019, shooting for TLoU2 was finally wrapped, which was revealed by game director Neil Druckmann on Twitter and according to a newly leaked rumor from ResetEra, is releasing on February 2020.

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The Last of Us Part II Rumored to Release in February 2020

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A recent post at ResetEra forum claims for the game to come out in February 2020 and earlier this year, same source has leaked a possible November release of Hideo Kojima's mysterious title Death Stranding ahead of its grand reveal.

It also claims The Last of Us Part II will be available in four different versions; Standard, Special, Collector's and Ellie Edition. Though it is not confirmed what "Ellie Edition" would feature but it certainly is going to be most expensive among all four.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part II Only Playable Character is Ellie

As a sequel to critically acclaimed title The Last of Us from 2013, Part II is currently one of the most anticipated games on PS4. Despite being announced during 2016 PlayStation Experience event, it doesn't have a launch window so far.

Apparently, PlayStation will see launch to some notable AAA-exclusive titles like Death Stranding and Final Fantasy VII Remake by latter half of 2019 and beginning of 2020 but TLoU2 has yet to claim a release window in the mean time.

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Considering this leak to be true, TLoU sequel is going to come out months before Cyberpunk 2077, FFVII Remake and Watch Dogs: Legion. Plus, February 2020 makes sense as there are no other bigger releases nearing that window.

We are in Q3 of current financial year and it doesn't look like The Last of Us Part II will drop within rest of 2019. Instead, Sony may announce an official launch date through an upcoming State of Play presentation since they already skipped E3 2019.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Uncharted Movie Release Date

Starring actor Tom Holland as young Nathan Drake, Uncharted movie gets a holiday 2020 release date.

Although video game movie genre has seen tough times in Hollywood for decades, films like Detective Pikachu and Rampage is bringing a wind of change, which helped live-action Uncharted movie adaptation to get back on road.

After bringing director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror) and actor Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming) on board, Sony Pictures have now announced a release date set for December 18, 2020.

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Uncharted Movie Release Date

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Tom Holland will be starring in lead role playing as protagonist Nathan Drake and people are really excited to see his portrayal of the character. Serving as a prequel, the story will focus on young Drake meeting with Victor Sullivan.

Seeing how well audience have received his new version of Spider-Man, Sony immediately hired Tom for their project and originally, Holland was to work with director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) but he left the project last year.

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At D.I.C.E. Summit last year, Neil Druckmann, creative lead of developer studio Naughty Dog revealed that he visited Trachtenberg and talked to Levy regarding Uncharted and The Last of Us movies based on their video game franchise.

Picking up holiday 2020 release window gives Uncharted movie a rare benefit of not having to compete with any Star Wars or superhero movies from DC and Marvel but will pit against West Side Story remake by renowned director Steven Spielberg.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Naughty Dog to Shutdown Last of Us and Uncharted PS3 Online Server

Multiplayer servers of PS3 games like Last of Us and Uncharted will be taken down by Naughty Dog later this year.

Santa Monica based video game developer studio Naughty Dog has been around industry for more than three decades and launched a couple of successful franchise over time for PlayStation platform that became fan-favorite.

As all good things come to an end, they have announced this Wednesday, to take down online multiplayer servers for some of their prominent PlayStation 3 games after serving for nearly 10 years on their official developer Blog.

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Naughty Dog to Shutdown Last of Us and Uncharted PS3 Online Server

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Games that are included in the list are Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Left Behind for PS3 consoles but you need not to worry about enjoying story mode though.

Naughty Dog has decided to offer free download for all multiplayer DLC of aforementioned games including every gameplay and vanity items until they are going offline later this year to say thanks to their dedicated fan community.

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Both Uncharted 2 and 3 are top tier games for enjoying in multiplayer, deserving of getting another shot. The Last of Us is simply a masterpiece and unparallel in uniqueness that comes with a must-play prequel story titled Left Behind.

Of course shutdown is not immediate and Naughty Dog servers will be active until September 3, 2019, which gives players enough time to plug in their consoles and say goodbye to Ellie, Joel and Nathan Drake on PS3 before it all goes down.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Last of Us Part 2 Wraps Shooting

Neil Druckmann announces wrap up shooting for upcoming Naughty Dog title The Last of Us Part II on Twitter.

Originally announced back in 2016 at PlayStation Experience, action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II remains one of the most anticipated upcoming titles from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment.

We didn't get an official release date yet because the game is still under development but recently, game director Neil Druckmann has announced on social media that motion capture has wrapped up, completing major part of the process.

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The Last of Us Part II Wraps Shooting

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We know that lead characters Joel and Ellie are returning for this impending PlayStation 4-exclusive that is set five years after The Last of Us but this time the latter will be going through a cycle of violence for personal reasons.

In terms of story, there was a teaser and a trailer that only explores fraction of its entire plot without possibly revealing any major twist. A footage featuring gameplay was released during E3 2018 and it was as brutal as it could get.

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The Last of Us remains a saga of Joel and Ellie going through a lot of blood, sweat and tears that is very close to Neil. Of course, Baker and Johnson too are similarly attached to this sequel project as well that is heading towards completion.

Druckmann has posted an image of actor Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker on Twitter, pointing to an emotional wrap-up.



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He also posted another image on Instagram of himself with actor Laura Bailey, who is playing an unnamed character.



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Although wrapping up motion capture scenes shooting are major part of development but Naughty Dog still has much work to do for making this much awaited PS4 game a reality, even though it probably is not coming out in 2019.

While waiting for a release date to be announced, we can expect The Last of Us Part II to also arrive on PlayStation 5 following recent revealing of its first details. Besides, PS5 console is going to be backwards compatible with PS4 games anyway.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Last of Us: Outbreak Day 2018

Outbreak Day returns this year to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Last of Us community of fans.

Five years ago, a very different type of survival horror video game that has some action-adventure aspects in it, The Last of Us from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Entertainment was released for PlayStation 3 and later for PlayStation 4 as The Last of Us Remastered.

The studio later started celebrating Outbreak Day on September 26 every year and it became a popular tradition. To share the love and appreciation towards the community, Outbreak Day is back.

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The Last of Us: Outbreak Day 2018

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This year marks the Fifth Anniversary of Outbreak Day and as always, the studio is here with content, merch and other special promotional materials from The Last of Us and upcoming sequel The Last of Us Part II, featuring in-game characters.

First thing from that lineup is a brand-new poster inspired from the original game, designed by Sam Wolfe Connelly and came in collaboration with printing company Mondo. Get one of these timed-edition releases before September 29, 9 AM PT.

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The Last of Us Mondo Merch

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Naughty Dog is re-releasing their original soundtrack for the first game on vinyl in partnership with Mondo. In response to requests from fans to re-release the box set tracks from 2015, they are launching it in two volumes and the first one is available from today.

Players on Apple devices can download themed stickers and wallpapers of Ellie, Joel, the infected or other characters from the game by heading over to the App Store. Illustrations for stickers were done by Lily Nishita.

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The Last of Us Part II Theme for PS4

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A new theme song from the upcoming anticipated sequel titled "Cycles" by Gustavo Santaolalla is released. This song was originally performed by him live at the E3 2018 PlayStation Showcase and now you can get your very own studio version for binge listening to it.

There is a dynamic system theme on The Last of Us Part II for PS4, which is launched already and will only be available for the next 24 hours along with a collection of avatars. Don't forget to check out to PS Store for some Outbreak Day discounts till October 2.

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Ellie Tattoo Unisex Tee

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Aside from all the digital stuff, fans can have some Insert Coin Clothing brand apparel themed on The Last of Us, which is a must checkout brand-new shirt for Outbreak Day that has Ellie’s tattoo from the upcoming game.

Available in different sizes, the moth grey colored tee is priced only $30 and are limited in stock. Also, remember to get The Last of Us Remastered at a 50% off if you already haven't and similar discounts on other DLC packs to celebrate the spirit of Outbreak Day 2018.