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Space-Set City Builder Aven Colony Releasing in July

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Aven Colony, the sci-fi city management simulator from debut studio Mothership Entertainment, will release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on July 25.

Set on the distant planet of Aven Prime, the game tasks players with setting up and maintaining a functioning society in the face of the threats that the extraterrestrial world presents. Those threats include the harsh environmental conditions, which includes toxic clouds, and the hostile local lifeforms, ranging from sandworms to pervasive spores capable of infecting both buildings and colonists.

The core gameplay will be supported by a robust single-player campaign that will allow players to uncover the history and mysteries of Aven Prime. However, the central mechanics of city management titles such as SimCity will be expanded through the inclusion of seasonal cycles and splinter factions that threaten the continued survival of the colony. Players will also be tasked with exploring alien ruins and recovering artefacts that may help the development of the extraterrestrial society.

Aven Colony will include a handful of different maps, each of which will feature unique challenges, but those who choose to preorder the game will also have access to a unique biome, Cerulean Vale, set in the remnants of an ancient seabed.

To coincide with the official launch announcement, Mothership Entertainment and publisher Team17 has unveiled a new trailer showing off some of the environments and technologies that players will have to contend with in the title:

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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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