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New Yoku’s Island Express Trailer Shows Off the Skills of a Dung Beetle

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A new trailer has revealed some of the skills that players will have access to in the open-world pinball adventure Yoku’s Island Express.

The project, the latest from Villa Gorilla and Team17, has players taking control of Yoku the dung beetle as he scuttles around multiple environments with his trusty ball. The latest trailer showcases the various abilities that can be used with the ball, as well as some of the more complex and fun ways of traversing areas.

Not only will players need to use traditional side-scrolling tricks to get around the map but Yoku’s Island Express adds pinball mechanics into the mix. The abilities shown in the video that will aid Yoku in manipulating his way round each level include the following:

  • The Noisemaker, a party-blower used to smash small objects.
  • The Dive Fish, a small fish that attaches itself to Yoku and allows him to swim into deep waters.  
  • The Slug Vacuum, which allows Yoku to suck up enemies Kirby-style and fire them to destroy large obstructive rocks.

Yoku’s Island Express will be rolling onto PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One during the summer of 2018.

Developer Villa Gorilla is a Swedish team that has partnered with the UK-based developer and publisher Team17 (Worms, Alien Breed) for this adorable side-scrolling platformer.

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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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