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Naughty Dog delay The Last of Us 2 indefinitely

Published: 2/Apr/2020 19:20 Updated: 2/Apr/2020 19:55

by Brent Koepp

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Sony and Naughty Dog have announced that The Last Of Us 2 has been delayed “until further notice” due to current world events. The hotly anticipated PlayStation 4 title no longer has a release date.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us took the industry by storm in 2013 with it’s brutally unflinching themes and groundbreaking narrative.

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However after its sequel was set to be released on May 29, Sony has announced that it’s been delayed yet again – this time, indefinitely.

Developer Naughty Dog opened up about the delay on social media, penning a letter to fans to explain the situation. The studio stated they were “disappointed” and that “logistics beyond our control” led to the decision.

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While the announcement comes as a shock, the developer assured fans that they are “nearly done” with work on the title, and explained that they are currently in the final stages of fixing bugs.

They clarified the logistics had to do with ensuring that players from all regions could experience the survival title around the same release date. “We want to make sure everyone gets to play The Last of Us Part II around the same time. It’s what is best and fair to all of our players.”

This isn’t the first time the anticipated title has had its launch date shifted. The game was originally projected for a 2019 release, only to be delayed to 2020. The title was first announced in December 2019 at the PlayStation Experience event.

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Series creator and Part II director Neil Druckmann also spoke out about the announcement on Twitter. “Extremely sad to deliver this news to y’all. Ultimately, the situation is out of our control. We hope you understand,” he said.

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The game’s director Neil Druckmann gave a statement about the delay.

The sequel takes place after the events of the first game, and follows Ellie as a 19-year old – this time front and center as the protagonist.

While the news is shocking to say the least, both Sony and Naughty Dog seem to be prioritizing the health and safety of their workers given current events around the world.

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There is currently no indication of when the title will get a new release date. At the time of writing, the studio has simply said “until further notice” which could even mean 2021.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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