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Essence Heading to Kickstarter This Month, A Surreal Exploration Game With a Twist

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Berlin-based developer One Vision games,have released a new trailer for their surreal first person exploration game, Essence.

The beautiful footage captured from the alpha build showcases some of the weird and wonderful worlds the players will explore within the game. This is no mere walking sim, though. As you venture into the world it transitions from a simple black and white rendering into a fully interactive world, morphing in real time as you explore each nook and cranny in search of fragments which will reveal your place within the strange reality presented to you.

Or in one Vision’s own words:

“Essence is an exploration game where the world around you revives and evolves with your game process. While discovering, shaping and coloring more and more of the mysterious worlds you will not only find the truth that is hidden within but also find your reason to be in this worlds by uncovering hidden secrets and lost memory fragments. Soon you will recognize that every single one of the countless unique areas serves its very own purpose and has its own reason to exist. Time to dive deeper..”

Essense is currently in the early stages of development for PC, Mac and Linux. The team at One Vision, are in the process of relaunching a Kickstarter campaign to help acquire the funding needed to complete the game. This will be live by the end of the month.

If, like me, you’re tempted but don’t have a gaming PC, there are stretch goals for a potential Xbox One and Playstation 4 version.

Will you be backing Essence? Make sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments below. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest Single Player news, including Essence

 

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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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