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The Last of Us: Part II Looks Brutal, Beautiful in Debut Trailer

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Sony announced The Last of Us: Part II with a trailer at today’s PlayStation Experience event, and the footage is sure to tantalise fans of the original.

The tone of the trailer is mournful, featuring an older Ellie, now nineteen years old, bruised and bloodied, playing guitar in a house of corpses, until Joel returns from a foray in the verdant post-apocalyptic landscape. A snippet of dialogue follows, and Ellie’s newfound hatred is revealed, though who it is directed at remains unclear.

Since the official unveiling, the game’s director, Neil Druckmann, has dropped a few more hints about the title. Unlike the first game, which put an equal focus on both Joel and Ellie, the latter, this time, is being referred to as the main character. As might be expected from Ellie’s age, Part II will take place several years on from The Last of Us, and will act as a “complementary story”. While the first game was about the love and rapport that developed between Joel and Ellie throughout their adventures together, this sequel is about hate.

Furthermore, although Naughty Dog did toy with the idea of expanding the brand into something resembling an anthology series with new characters, the team ultimately realised that the relationship between Joel and Ellie is integral to The Last of Us.

Finally, the music of the game should retain the same memorable, unadorned style, with Gustavo Santaolalla returning to compose the soundtrack.

The first game earned a 9.5/10 from OnlySP’s David Nelson in his review, as he said, “[b]oasting incredible production values and a lot of nuance, The Last of Us is a very focused experience which impresses but doesn’t surprise or do much of anything creative or new in the gameplay”.

The Last of Us: Part II does not yet have a release date, though the developers have mentioned that the launch is still some time away.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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