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Kingdom Hearts Creator Working on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Characters

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Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series and regular designer for the Final Fantasy series, is reportedly designing several characters for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

The revelation first came to light within the E3 trailer for the upcoming Switch exclusive, which included a credit at the end assigning Nomura design reponsibilities for “Torna.” Although the original impression was that this name referred to a single character, the game’s Japanese Twitter account (translated by Siliconera) revealed that Torna is, in fact, the enemy organisation shown in the trailer. Exactly how many characters Nomura is in charge of is unclear, but at least make an appearance in the latest footage:

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the direct sequel to the 2010 Wii game, Xenoblade Chronicles, with 2015’s Xenoblade Chronicles X being a loosely connected spin-off. Despite being a sequel, this new game features an entirely new world, where humans live on the backs of giant creatures known as Titans, and a new cast of characters.

The game will follow Rex and Pyra, both introduced in the above trailer, as they search for the paradisaical realm of Elysium. As with the previous two games, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is being developed by Monolith Soft.

Tetsuya Nomura, meanwhile, is best known as the lead developer of the Kingdom Hearts series and for conceiving the story of Final Fantasy VII. More recently, he was the original director for both Final Fantasy XV and the Final Fantasy VII Remake, but was replaced on both titles. Nomura is currently directing Kingdom Hearts III, which also received a new trailer shortly before E3 2017.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is targeting a holiday 2017 release, exclusively for the Switch.

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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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