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Release Trailer Drops for Tarsier Studios’s VR Puzzler Statik




The latest trailer for PlayStation VR- exclusive game Statik has dropped ahead of its April 24 release.

Little is known about the plot besides the fact the player is part of an experiment run by the Statik Institute of Retention. The official release trailer, however, finally provides clues about the sinister Institute, mentions in-game events, and even hints at the identity of the protagonist.

Statik is an upcoming VR puzzle game from Tarsier Studios. OnlySP had the opportunity to go hands-on with the title at E3 last year, with the demo showing the unique puzzle game is delightfully hard, from deciphering how the controller works right up to the gameplay. The story and atmosphere from the announcement trailer seem to be stand-out features of the game, with the trailers presenting it as Portal meets The Stanley Parable.

The game is a departure for independent developer and publisher Tarsier Studios. Founded in 2004 as Team Tarsier, the Swedish developer worked with Media Molecule and Sony on Tearaway Unfolded and the LittleBigPlanet series. Together this VR experiment and the developer’s other upcoming project Little Nightmares (due for an April 28, 2017 release) represent a new era for the now-independent studio.

Statik is currently available as a pre-release on PlayStation Store for £15.99, with a 20% discount for PS Plus members.

OnlySP will be keeping track of all Statik developments. To stay up-to-date, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

A former stand-up comedian, YouTube vlogger, game developer, and, currently, a video game journalist for OnlySP, Marley Hannan entertains a vast range of interests including Dungeons and Dragons, Neil Gaiman, and really, really good video games.


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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