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XCOM: Enemy Unknown First Look Developer Diary



Fans of the original XCOM need not worry about the future of the franchise, as Firaxis Games has you covered. Originally being developed solely as a First Person Shooter by 2K Marin, Firaxis announced that they have been also working on a version of the series; one that retains the turn-based strategy and micro-management that made the original so popular.

In the first of the team’s developer diaries, lead programmer Casey O’Toole and lead designer Jake Solomon discuss re-imaging XCOM, changes and improvements to old mechanics like time units and the integration of new ones, a new dramatic camera angle called the “glam cam,” and how ant hills influenced the new take on base-building. On top of that, some gameplay clips showcase the new turn-based combat.

Check it out below, it’s good stuff.

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II



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—below, 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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