The Last of Us 2: Bruce Straley Not Returning to Direct

Naughty Dog’s Bruce Straley directed The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End alongside Neil Druckmann. However, Straley will not return to direct the recently confirmed sequel, The Last of Us: Part II. Sony confirmed in a statement to Kotaku that Straley is taking some “much deserved time off.”

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“Bruce recently decided to take some much deserved time off after shipping two critically acclaimed games in the last few years,” the company said. “He’s looking forward to returning to the studio soon and jumping back in on his next project.”

Druckmann is directing Part 2. He attended a panel for the game yesterday at PlayStation Experience, sharing some new insight into the project, which is only in the early stages of development.

According to Kotaku, Straley is on a yearlong sabbatical. He’s a veteran Naughty Dog employee, having been with the company for almost 20 years. After Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog, Straley and Druckmann took over directing duties for Uncharted 4, which came out in May 2016 to critical acclaim.

For more on The Last of Us: Part II, check out the video and stories below.

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Crackdown 3 Coming Holiday 2017 “Or Earlier”; Runs at 4K on Scorpio

A few more details about Microsoft’s long-awaited Xbox One and PC game Crackdown 3 have come to light. During an Extra Life livestream recently, Microsoft Studios art director Dave Johnson confirmed that the game is confirmed for holiday 2017 “or earlier.”

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Additionally, he said the game will support 4K resolution on the Project Scorpio console, which itself is slated to come out in holiday 2017. This information was spotted by DualShockers and NeoGAF.

Crackdown 3, or at least a part of it, was previously expected to launch in 2016. Microsoft later confirmed a delay to 2017, for a couple of reasons. First, Xbox marketing manager Aaron Greenberg said open-world game won’t launch in 2016 because the company’s holiday lineup this year is already so stuffed with great games that it didn’t need more. Later, Microsoft Studios boss Shannon Loftis said the delay is partially the result of needing more time work on the campaign.

Regarding the 4K comment for Crackdown 3, Loftis said earlier this year that all Microsoft-developed Project Scorpio games will run natively at 4K.

Watch the Horizon: Zero Dawn PSX Panel Here

PlayStation Experience 2016 rolls on today with a panel dedicated to Killzone developer Guerrilla Games’ ambitious action-RPG Horizon: Zero Dawn. The event kicks off at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and you can watch the entire thing right here on GameSpot. We’ll add the video embed as the panel draws nearer.

According to the panel’s official description, Guerrilla will show an “inside look at the world of Horizon Zero Dawn and the lore and machines that define it.”

Yesterday during the PSX keynote, Sony released a stunning new trailer for Zero Dawn. You can see that trailer, and all the others from the event, right here in this roundup.

Zero Dawn arrives on February 28 exclusively for PS4.

Altus Unveils Persona 5 Story Trailer, Digital Pre-Order Bonuses Detailed

Persona 5 has already released in Japan, but fans from the West are still eagerly awaiting its arrival, especially after it was recently delayed to April. During PlayStation Experience, Altus unveiled a story trailer at PSX, as well as detailed that it's now possible to digitally pre-order the RPG. If you do, you get some neat bonus content.

Digital pre-order bonuses include a dynamic theme, three special avatars, and a Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro set DLC. In Persona 5, the protagonist starts anew at Tokyo's Shukin Academy, after his life is left in shambles. Soon he discovers the power of personas, and bands together with other students to form the Phantom Thieves of Hearts who aim to unmask the truth.

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Persona 5 will be out as of April 4 in North America. Watch us play 40 minutes of the Japanese version here, and more footage of the game here.

First Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Gameplay Trailer Shows Power of Infinity Stones

Capcom has released the first gameplay trailer for Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, showing Ryu and Mega Man X taking on Iron Man and Captain Marvel in what looks to be an Asgardian arena.

As previously announced, Infinite is a 2v2 fighting game, instead of the traditional 3v3 the series is known for. In this respect, Infinite’s gameplay looks more like Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, a fighting game Capcom released for the Wii.

Another small change shown in the video is that characters can chain combos together by calling in their teammate to pickup where they left off. In previous titles, the second character would enter the battle with an attack. However the new system looks closer to that of Street Fighter X Tekken, where the second character runs in and the player must time an in coming attack precisely to link the two chains together.

The series’ over the top launches, which send characters skyrocketing into the air, don’t seem to be present. Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite seems to be more grounded game. However, wall bounces are still present, so there will be some opportunity to get fancy with combos.

Assist attacks, another classic Marvel Vs. Capcom gameplay pillar, also aren’t seen in the video. In previous games teammates could be summoned to jump in and do an attack and then leave. These were often used to control territory or limit the opponent’s movements. Assist attacks are one of the more complicated elements of the MvC series and Capcom has said it wants people to “engage in accessible” gameplay, which could be why they aren’t present. Of course, it’s also possible they may show up in future videos.

Another aspect of the gameplay we’re given a look at is the Infinity Stones. During the fight Ryu activates the Power Stone and unleashes a barrage of attacks. Although the lifebar isn’t shown, presumably all of these are doing more damage than usual.

Captain Marvel responds by utilizing the Time Stone, which gives her a speed boost. She’s shown teleporting through Ryu to the other side and opening him up with a flanking barrage. Check out all the action for yourself in the video above.

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite was officially announced during Sony’s PlayStation Experience press conference. It will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2017. It was also confirmed that Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is now available to download and play on PS4. Xbox One and PC re-releases will arrive in March 2017.

Street Fighter V Season 2 Will Bring Five Original Characters To The Street Fighter Universe

Before the Grand Finals of this year's Capcom Cup, Capcom detailed their plans for their near-future plans for the future of Street Fighter V.

First, they announced that Akuma is the start of the Season 2 lineup, the Season Pass for which will be available on December 20. The other five characters, Capcom revealed will be all-new to the Street Fighter universe. This could mean, of course, that characters from Street Fighter V's story mode could enter the ring, such as Ed, a new character currently under Balrog's wing.

Capcom also announced that the game would receive a balance update after Capcom Cup, the details of which will be available on the Capcom Unity blog tomorrow morning.

 

Our Take
I'm really surprised that we're getting five brand-new characters in the Street Fighter universe next year. Consider the game is currently got a bit of a reputation of alienating some of its fans, I would have expected a slew of characters from older games, like Sagat or Sakura. Here's hoping they're good! 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer Reveals Baby Groot in Action & Starlord’s Secret

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands in theaters next year. The first teaser was released back in October, but a second has arrived. James Gunn unveiled the trailer today at Comic Con Experience 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil.

While the first teaser gave a small taste of what Baby Groot’s role would be, the second shows what he is fully capable of.

The movie deals with the Guardians traveling the cosmos together while trying to unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. It’s mentioned that “old foes become new allies” in the official synopsis. This likely refers to Yondu. Although, it could mean we’ll see the Collector helping out the Guardians despite his place getting destroyed in the first film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5, 2017.

Telltale Games also confirmed the rumor that they were working on a video game based on the characters and released a trailer at during The Game Awards 2016.

Reader Discussion – What’s Your Favorite Announcement From The PlayStation Experience Keynote?

Earlier today, the third iteration of the PlayStation Experience kicked off with its keynote, which was filled with rapid fire game announcements. From Uncharted: The Lost Legacy to confirmation of The Last of Us Part II, it looks like we have plenty to look forward to.

What was the most exciting game announcement today? Was it one of the big game reveals, or perhaps an extended look at a previously announced title, such as Horizon Zero Dawn or the Crash Bandicoot remastered collection?

Although I was expecting it to happen, The Last of Us sequel was the most riveting announcement to me. Especially considering how much I loved the Left Behind DLC, I'm really looking forward to playing from Ellie's perspective, and getting to know her further.

Let us know in the comments what you enjoyed most from the presentation! You can peruse all the announcements, trailers, and previews from PSX by heading here.