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Sonic-Esque Indie Title Defunct Crosses The Console Finish Line

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SOEDESCO Publishing’s adventure racing game Defunct has made its console debut today with its release for the Xbox One.

Today’s release marks the first of Defunct‘s console ports, with a PlayStation 4 version set to arrive in January 2018. Additionally, a Windows 10 version of the game is in the works, and the title will be available in the future as an Xbox Play Anywhere title across the entire Xbox One family of devices.

Originally released on Steam in January 2016, Defunct‘s gameplay has been compared to titles within the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Steam reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and a number of players have praised the game’s gravity-based gameplay. Defunct features high-speed play with a unique ‘gravitation engine’; 11 varied levels full of different climates, biomes, and challenges; a multitude of skins for the main character; and more.

Interested readers can check out a gameplay trailer for Defunct below:

Defunct is developed by Freshly Squeezed, an indie studio based in Sweden. Defunct is Freshly Squeezed’s debut title and won Game of the Year at the Swedish Game Awards in 2014.

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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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