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Edge of Eternity Enters Alpha, New Trailer Released

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Edge of Eternity, the Kickstarter-funded JRPG tribute from Midgar Studio, has entered the alpha stage, and the developers have released a new trailer to celebrate the milestone .

Given that the game was originally scheduled for release in December last year, Midgar Studio is far behind schedule on production of the title, though the team has announced a new release window of Q1, 2018. The alpha stage means that game is now entirely playable from beginning to end, but additional features remain to be added and considerable refinements must still be made before it can be released.

The trailer showcases the game’s state-of-the-art visuals and stunning artistic design across a range of characters and environments, in both cutscenes and gameplay. Although the footage is relatively light on information, it does show off both exploration and provides a glimpse of the ATB-based combat system.

Edge of Eternity is billed as a tribute to classic JRPGs, while also drawing several key elements from more modern WRPGS to represent a fusion between the two branches. Furthermore, the developers aim to innovate on existing formulae by adding weapon evolution a dynamic events system, through which weather and time of day can affect the status of both player party members and enemies.

The story, meanwhile, fuses high fantasy and science-fiction, though remains heavily inspired by Final Fantasy, with its focus on crystals and magic. More details about the story can be found on the game’s Kickstarter page.

Edge of Eternity began its crowdfunding campaign in February 2015, earning almost four times its initial funding goal. Since then, Midgar Studio has released a few updates, but remained relatively quiet. With the alpha stage now in progress, new information about the game is likely to emerge more frequently.

The game is currently targeting a release in early 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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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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