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Last of Us 2 update 1.05 early patch notes: Permadeath, Gameplay mods

Published: 13/Aug/2020 19:28 Updated: 13/Aug/2020 19:29

by Tanner Pierce

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If you just can’t seem to get enough of The Last of Us Part II, fear not, as developer Naughty Dog has revealed update 1.05 for the game  – and it brings along a slew of new additions.

Despite some people’s divisive opinions on The Last of Us Part II, there’s no denying that there are certainly some people that loved their time playing through Ellie’s revenge story. In fact, many either have already replayed the game multiple times or are looking for an excuse to play through it again.

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Unfortunately, given the fact that the game’s “Faction’s” multiplayer mode remains unreleased and the only mode it comes with the single-player story, the replayability is a bit limited at the moment. Naughty Dog, however, seems to be looking to change that.

The developer has officially announced that update 1.05 for the game will launch on Thursday, August 13, 2020, and it adds a horde of new features. While it doesn’t include the highly anticipated multiplayer mode that was canceled from the game, it does give players new ways to dive back into it.

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In addition to the new Grounded and Permadeath options, players will also be able to turn on modifiers after update 1.05.

First and foremost, Grounded difficulty is back. This mode was added to the first game a few months after it launched and was considered even harder than Survivor (the hardest base difficulty in the game). Enemies will kill you in only a couple shots, resources will be few and far between, and Listen mode will be completely disabled.

If you looked at the Grounded difficulty and thought to yourself, “You know what, that’s not enough of a challenge for me,” then Naughty Dog also has you covered.

Also included with update 1.05 is a new Permadeath option. As one can imagine by the name, players who die with Permadeath turned on will have to start the game completely over again. That being said, Naughty Dog is including options that allow you to choose a point where you start over from. An example that the developer itself used is the ability to replay the entire in-game “Day” instead of the entire game.

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In addition to the two new gameplay options, Naughty Dog is also including some brand-new, fun modifiers to enable while playing through the story. These seem comparable to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s campaign cheats, which added some fun flair to the game itself.

There are over 20 different modifiers that will be added to the game when the update hits:

  • Mirror World
  • Mirror on Death
  • Slow Motion
  • Bullet Speed Mode
  • Infinite Ammo
  • Infinite Crafting
  • Infinite Melee Durability
  • Infinite Listen Mode Range
  • One-Shot
  • Touch of Death
  • 8-bit Audio
  • 4-bit Audio
  • Helium Audio
  • Xenon Audio
  • Saves now display playtime up to the second
  • Film Grain Adjustment option
  • Disable Listen Mode option
  • Motion Sensor Function Aiming option
  • Arc Throw HUD Display option
  • Aiming Acceleration Scale option
  • Aiming Ramp Power Scale option

Overall, this seems like a fairly extensive update and, while it doesn’t add a whole new mode, it does allow players to have a new experience when they replay the main story. Here’s hoping it keeps people enticed until the game’s Factions mode gets released in some way, shape, or form.

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What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp

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Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

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Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

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“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

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“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

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Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*