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Overcome the Cretan Labyrinth in Theseus for VR

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Theseus is a new virtual reality-based game that will pit players as the eponymous character from Ancient Greek myth as he aims to overcome the Labyrinth and kill the Minotaur at its heart.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the game appears to draw aesthetic inspiration from the God of War series, featuring a stylised realism and horrific interpretations of the mythological creatures that populate the world. For a narrative standpoint, however, the game is more thoroughly grounded in the mythology, taking a single event as its basis.

As Theseus, players will find their way through the maze, guided by the voice of the princess Ariadne and a beacon of light, which together lead to the Minotaur. The journey will be fraught, however, with players having to use a range of different methods of traversal to find their way to the centre of the Labyrinth.

As with Insomniac’s Edge of Nowhere, Theseus presents players with a third-person perspective, and focuses on the cinematic aspects of the gameplay to generate an immersive and intense experience. Furthermore, although the game appears suited to standard platforms, the developers claim that Theseus is being built from the ground-up for virtual reality. The debut gameplay for the project is embedded below:

Theseus is the latest effort from Italian studio Forge Reply, and the team’s first foray into virtual reality development. The game will launch first on PlayStation VR in Summer 2017 before coming to the various other platforms at a later, unspecified date.

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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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