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Right then, we’re up to high profile Naughty Dog departure number three in less than two months. Nate Wells, the lead artist on The Last of Us, has just revealed that he bowed out from Naughty Dog in early April. He’s taken up a position with The Unfinished Swan development team Giant Sparrow.

Back in March, Unchartered 4 creative director and lead writer Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog to join EA’s Visceral Games in heading up development of a new Star Wars title. After Hennig’s departure, Justin Richmond (who filled the position of game director for Uncharted 4) followed suit and left to join Riot Games.

Interestingly, writer and actor Todd Stashwick has been dropped from Uncharted 4. He was down to do voice-over work for the game; his voice can be heard in the game’s reveal teaser, which had him pegged as a major new character in the franchise. Stashwick revealed that he would be helping Hennig on the new Visceral Games Star Wars project. Perhaps that didn’t sit well with Hennig’s previous employers, because Stashwick has revealed that Naughty Dog has chosen to “recast my role”.

Sources: Polygon & IGN

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Long-time partners Sony and Square Enix look set for a bit of a break-up as Sony will, in days to come, be selling all of its shares in a company that appeared at the beginning of the year to have turned its fortunes around, but is still trading lower than its all-time high in 2000.

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Sony Computer Entertainment has revealed on the PlayStation Blog that Sucker Punch’s latest super-power infused action game, inFAMOUS: Second Son, has hit a global sales milestone of 1 million units. This includes both physical retail copies and digital copies purchased via the PlayStation Store. Not bad numbers, but probably less impressive when one considers that there are a lot of PlayStation 4 gamers out there who are eager for new titles. Our own Matthew Vice has zapped his way through the game and rather enjoyed the colourful romp. You can read about that here.

Source: The PlayStation Blog 

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In news that shocked ones of people across the world, Sony Computer Entertainment and Naughty Dog have confirmed that a remastered edition of The Last of Us is coming to PlayStation 4. This super-shiny edition will be called (shockingly) The Last of Us Remastered. The game will be out as a physical retail disc or via a PSN digital download sometime in the next few months during our winter.

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Infamous: Second Son is the first big exclusive game PS4 owners can use as a weapon and shield against advocates of the other systems in the ongoing circus-act that is the gaming community. If you were a fan of the previous two games on the PS3, you might be wondering how there could be a sequel, when Infamous 2 ended so decisively. The answer to that is quite simple: Infamous: Second Son is practically a reboot of the franchise, with hardly any connections at all to the previous two games beyond the fact that it takes place seven years after the end of the second game. I was paying very close attention to all the story scenes and there’s nary a mention of Cole MacGrath, Zeke Dunbar, Empire City, New Marais, Kessler or The Beast.

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Editor’s note: There are aspects of this review that could be considered spoiler-ish. If you haven’t played The Last of Us, but plan to in the future, you may want to steer clear of this review and come back to it once you’ve finished the original game.

You’ll have to imagine my wistful sigh here as I start off by saying: you know, when the last generation of consoles showed up with their proper online support, I expected great things from the whole DLC concept.

But what we got, mostly, were pathetic little weapon packs, skins and multiplayer maps, released online at the same time as the game’s launch to tease a few more pennies out of those who didn’t pre-order. Blatant money-spinning instead of attempts to create fresh, new content after-the-fact for players who really enjoyed their game and wanted more.

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How about that inFAMOUS Second Son, right? It certainly is a gorgeous piece of gaming. I think Cliff Bleszinski said on Twitter last night that Second Son is an example of what’s possible when developers aren’t held back by having to produce cross-gen versions of their games. It’s a good point made even more exciting when one realises that Second Son is an early PlayStation 4 game. Current-gen is just getting started. (Not a WORD, PC gamers…)

Developer Sucker Punch has announced that some new features are coming to Second Son via an update that should be out in the next two weeks or so.  Speaking via the official PlayStation Blog, Sucker Punch’s co-founder Brian Fleming made mention of three additions fans can look forward to.

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Hmm, there’s something up at Naughty Dog. A few weeks back the creative director and lead writer on Uncharted 4, Amy Hennig, left the company. Naughty Dog’s top-brass downplayed the departure. Now, however, a second high-profile departure is starting to create a bit of concern among fans. Justin Richmond, the game director, has also left Naughty Dog; he is taking up a position with Riot Games, the home of League of Legends.

“I have in fact made the decision to leave Naughty Dog. I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome games going forward,” Richmond said in a statement obtained by IGN. “On a happier note, after careful consideration and exploration I have joined Riot Games. There is some really innovative stuff going on here that I can’t wait to be a part of.”

Very little is known about Uncharted 4. The PlayStation 4 exclusive was revealed on the day the console launched in the USA. Aside from a teaser trailer, the project remains a mystery.

Source: IGN

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Well now, this is rather interesting: according to Sony’s Eurasian Software Market Manager, Sercan Sulun, Naughty Dogs’ seminal action game, The Last of Us, is making the jump to PlayStation 4. This possible mistaken reveal came via a video interview on Turkish gaming site, Multiplayer.

The reveal, which is in Turkish, has been translated: “There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge: as of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically. The PS4 version will also include the DLC so you will be able to play ‘Left Behind’ as well.”

Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment have not responded to this as yet. We’ll update you as soon as they do.

Source: IGN

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Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) today announced that three of their most prominent studios based in Europe  - Evolution Studios, Guerilla Cambridge and SCE London – will all see layoffs and restructuring as pat of an ongoing effort spearheaded by CEO Kazuo Hirai  to save the entertainment behemoth from drowning in debt. While Videogamer reports that many people have been made redundant, no-one has come forward to reveal how many employees were laid off.

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