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New Downward Trailer Shows Off Post-Apocalyptic Parkour



Caracal Games has released a new trailer for its upcoming Early Access adventure title, Downward.

Showcasing a variety of environments and boasting a rocking soundtrack, the footage (embedded below) offers an enticing glimpse at the first-person platforming players will perform in the game. Featuring locales ranging from snowy peaks to coastal ruins, the game is visually stunning and looks to embrace the well-used mechanics of the genre in an engaging and potentially revolutionary way. In addition to the platforming, the trailer also provides a brief look at combat and some of the enemies that players will face.

Touted by the studio as a “first-person open-world parkour adventure,” Downward looks to take gameplay akin that found to Mirror’s Edge and Assassin’s Creed and introduce it to an exciting new setting. This setting is a medieval post-apocalyptic Earth in which the world’s equilibrium has been upset by some cataclysmic event.

With the story reportedly focused on the mastery of “body, mind, and spirit,” Caracal seems eager to tell a unique tale while simultaneously redefining the traditional adventure game. As such, the design of Downward is said to be holistic, with enemies, collectibles, and the levelling system organic and intrinsic to the world that Caracal has created.

This blending of story and gameplay design seems to offer a recipe for success. The trailer’s gameplay looks fluid and fun, while the enemies are ominous and deadly. Coupled with lush landscapes and numerous paths through the levels, Caracal could very well carve out a memorable position within the storied and much-loved adventure genre.

For more information on the game, be sure to look through OnlySP’s archives and our exclusive interview with the developers from last year.

Downward will enter Steam Early Access on December 19, 2017, with a final release date and additional platforms currently unknown.


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



The Last of Us Part II Joel Ellie screenshot

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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