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Ancient Frontier Coming to Steam in September

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Indie developer Fair Weather Studios has set an official release date for its new turn-based strategy game, Ancient Frontier.

Coming to Steam on September 21, 2017, Ancient Frontier is a science-fiction strategy game set in the same universe as Fair Weather’s previous title, Bladestar. With two story-driven campaigns featuring fully-voiced dialogue, dynamic turn-based combat, and RPG-style ship progression, Ancient Frontier sends gamers into the thick of galactic conflict in the deep, far reaches of space. As the commander of a massive fleet, players must deal with warring factions, double-crossing corporations, cunning privateers, and galactic governments. Interested readers can check out the game’s teaser trailer below.

Alongside over 35 unique ships from which to build their fleet, users can customize their play style by unlocking technologies in Ancient Frontier’s extensive tech tree, employ dozens of different weapon systems and abilities, and explore the frontier while fighting over large, detailed space maps. Players improve ships through combat, adding to their power and ability through a progression system. Adding a unique twist to the typical turn-based strategy, Ancient Frontier features a permanent death mechanic in which ships lost in space are gone forever, encouraging wise resource management and careful tactical planning.

Fair Weather Studios is a small indie development company based in the United States with a team consisting of two people who have been creating projects together for over 17 years. In 2016, the studio released its debut title, Bladestar, a sci-fi action shooter which paved the way for the story contained in Ancient Frontier.

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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