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New Gameplay Footage Emerges for Retro-Styled Sonic Mania



Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania, the upcoming pseudo-sequel to the franchise’s original Mega Drive series, has today received three minutes of in-game footage.

The new video showcases the game’s retro-styled action, which represents a clear love letter to the history of the franchise. Taking place in the classic Green Hill Zone, the footage shows a multiplayer session, with two players taking the role of Sonic and Tails and working together to make it through. The true highlight of the footage, however, is the revelation of how closely Sonic Mania hews to the visuals, audio, and core gameplay of the Mega Drive classics, a fact that has acted as the drawcard for the game since its announcement last year.

Although originally set for release in early 2017, Sonic Mania was recently delayed to later in the year to give developers Headcannon and PagodaWest Games more time to polish the game.

Sonic Mania will be the first in the franchise since 2012’s Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II to be a fully-2D sidescroller. While that game was intended as an entirely new entry, however, Sonic Mania is being developed by teams outside of Sega, and will remix older levels, as well as incorporating original ones. In addition to Sonic and Tails, players will also be able to control another series regular, Knuckles the Echidna throughout the adventure, with all three characters having different abilities.

Sega is also currently working on Sonic Forces, a continuation of the series that, since 2011’s Sonic Generations, has allowed players to take control of both a classic and modern version of the eponymous character in 2D and 3D environments respectively. That game is currently slated for release at the end of 2017.

Sonic Mania is scheduled for release on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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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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