A sequel to Naughty Dog's acclaimed action-survival game The Last of Us may be in the works, according to the resume of former Naughty Dog lead character artist Michael Knowland. According to Knowland's LinkedIn profile, Naughty Dog had produced prototype designs for use in The Last of Us 2 earlier this year.
Knowland had joined Naughty Dog in October 2011 and worked on The Last of Us as well as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. At present, he is a senior character artist at Avalanche Studios and is working on Just Cause 3.
Knowland left Naughty Dog in April this year. His departure followed on from a number of high-ranking staff who left the studio, including Uncharted 4 director Justin Richmond, writer Amy Hennig, lead artist Nate Wells, and actor Todd Stashwick.
The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann said in a Reddit AMA last February that there was a "50/50" possibility of a sequel. Naughty Dog has since confirmed it is working on two new "brand-new experiences" one of which is Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, due to launch sometime next year.
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Telltale Games has released The Telltale Games Collection on Xbox One, which includes five complete seasons of its adventure games series.
The $110 collection gets you the following (click the links for GameSpot's reviews):
If bought separately through the Xbox One Games Store, these games would cost $130, so the bundle saves you $20.
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series and Tales From the Borderlands are the newest games in the bunch, both of which recently released their first episodes. Both were also reviewed very well by GameSpot, which gave them an 8/10 and 9/10 respectively.
In fact, all the Telltale games in the collection received high scores from GameSpot, so if the Xbox One is your platform of choice, it's not a bad way to catch up with them. You probably just don't want to play all of them in one sitting.
Minecraft developer Mojang and Telltale Games also recently announced a brand new episodic series based on Minecraft, launching in 2015 for PC, consoles, and mobile devices.
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Glorious Leader!, a 2D action game starring North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman is pressing on with development despite the recent Sony Pictures hack, which eventually led the studio to cancel the controversial Seth Rogen/James Franco movie The Interview.
Developer Moneyhorse's Jeff Miller told the Associated Press that not only is he still planning to release the game, but he's adding a level that takes place at the Sony Pictures backlot, with references to the hack and The Interview. Miller said he want the game to be as topical as possible, and that he isn't afraid of being hacked himself because the game portrays Kim Jong Un in a positive light.
In the game, you play Kim Jong Un as he takes on the entire American army in a retro-style side-scrolling run and gun game reminiscent of Contra. Just like Contra featured the deadly duo of Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer and Lance "Scorpion" Bean, Glorious Leader! pairs Kim Jong un with his buddy, former Chicago Bulls player Dennis “The Worm” Rodman.
Miller is also capitalizing on the recent headlines with a new Kickstarter campaign for the game. He's hoping to raise $55,000 by January 15. So far he has $6,468 from 235 backers.
Miller also said that he approached both Microsoft and Sony about the game earlier this year. Microsoft wasn't interested. Sony was responsive, but this was long before the recent hack.
Whatever happens with the game, United States President Barack Obama would probably support Miller's efforts. Earlier this week, Obama said Sony's decision to cancel the interview was a mistake. Obama, as you can see in one of the screenshots in the gallery above, will make an appearance in Glorious Leader! as well.
GSC Gameworld, the developer behind the Stalker games, has reopened and is already developing its next game.
Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz, GSC Gameworld's Valentine Yeltyshev didn't have much to reveal about the new project other than it will appeal to fans of Stalker, and that it will be a full price game. Apparently, it's also going to use the assets and engine GSC Gameworld was working on while developing Stalker 2 before the studio shut down in 2010.
"We're pretty sure about our fans. The market we're in is quite old fashioned, they're not 16 year olds, they're 25-40 years old," Yeltyshev said. "We don't think free-to-play is the right model for the game we want to make. So we're making an old-fashioned, full price game, we think our audience will be happy about that."
Yeltyshev also didn't say whether the new game will be called Stalker, the rights for which have been in dispute recently. Last week, developer West Games, which claimed to be made up of former Stalker developers, announced a crowdfunding campaign for Stalker Apocalypse. West Games previously tried to crowdfund a similar project called Areal, which caused a fair bit of controversy itself.
"I don't really know enough about them, but the story is quite funny," Yeltyshev said. "These guys were basically promoting themselves as being the STALKER team, that they were working on STALKER, but that's not true." He explained that the developers at West Games were actually working on a flash-based browser game related to Stalker that never saw the light of day, but never the Stalker series proper.
Since GSC Gameworld closed in 2010, some of its developers went on to 4A Games, which develops the Metro series, and Vostok games, which is currently working on Survarium.
It's that time of the year when any leftover money you've got after buying gifts, arranging holiday travel, and donating to worthwhile causes is going to go PC games. The Steam Winter sale is live, and we'll be updating this story every day with what we think is the best of the best as well as all of the other day's deals. Things are structured little different this year:
What are you picking up (or hoping to buy) during Valve's quarterly sales event? Let us know in the comments below.
Bulletstorm -- $3.99 (-80%)
There are some bigger and newer games on today's list, but with an 80 percent discount that brings it down to $4, you should take the opportunity to catch up with Bulletstorm, a score-driven first-person shooter with some really great, original weapons.
Other Day 3 Deals:
Our pick: Metro 2033 Redux -- $12.49 (-50%)
Metro 2033 was released four years ago, but with the Redux treatment, it's still one of the best-looking first-person shooters on PC. If you didn't play it back then, you owe it to yourself to pick up the discounted version. Read GameSpot's Metro 2033 Redux review and check it out on Steam here.
Other Day 3 Deals:
Our pick: Castle Crashers -- $1.49 (-90%)
At 90% off, there's no reason not to buy developer The Behemoth's colorful beat-em-up. It makes a good gift as well; after all, the game is a lot more fun with friends. Read our Castle Crashers review and check it out on Steam here.
Other Day 2 Deals:
Flash sale round 1:
Flash sale round 2
Our pick: Dark Souls 2 -- $14.70 (63%)
The follow-up to the crazy-hard Demon's Souls and the crazy-hard Dark Souls is... still crazy-hard. The game might not be to everyone's tastes, but it's a series that you have to respect for sticking to its punishing formula. Read our Dark Souls 2 review and check it out on Steam.
Other 48-hour deals:
Community's Choice hasn't kicked off yet, but here are the first six flash sale games:
And an additional six flash games (note that the deals below didn't expire 24 hours after posting.