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Sony takes down leaked gameplay of The Last of Us 2 Factions multiplayer

Published: 6/Aug/2020 19:00 Updated: 7/Aug/2020 9:22

by Daniel Cleary

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A multiplayer mode for The Last of Us Part 2 could be coming soon after Sony has taken down leaked gameplay of what appeared to be the classic ‘Factions’ playlist.

The Last of Us Part 2 was finally released on June 19, marking the return of fan-favorite characters, Ellie and Joel, in Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic sequel.

However, many TLOU fans were disappointed when it was revealed that the hit franchise was returning without the classic multiplayer mode from the first game.

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Factions gameplay has been leaked for The Last of Us Part 2.

The Factions mode, which let you choose between the Fireflies and Hunters, put a unique twist on the multiplayer experience, requiring players to consistently perform to keep their faction thriving.

While the mode was originally planned for TLOU2, it was later revealed to be cut by Naughty Dog but new leaks shared unreleased gameplay of what seems to be the sequel’s multiplayer.

A brief, low-quality gameplay video, which has now been taken down by Sony, surfaced online and revealed an updated version of The Last of Us’ Factions on a new snowy map.

Although it was hard to make out much in the clip, it appeared as if the ‘Survivors’ playlist, a round-based mode with no respawns, was featured in this updated ‘Factions’ mode.

While Fireflies and Hunters were the main factions in the first title, Part 2 introduced a few more groups such as the Seraphites, WLF, and Rattlers, meaning that players could have plenty of choice, if it was to be released.

However, it remains unclear where this 11-second-video has come from and fans have questioned whether or not it could be fake.

With another one of Sony’s ‘State of Play’ events coming at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 10 PM CEST on August 6, TLOU fans will just have to hope and wait for any news on classic game mode.

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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.

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.

“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.

“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.

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*