The Last of Us Part 1 will come to PC ‘very soon’ after PS5

Last month Sony unveiled The Last of Us Part 1. It is a remake of the original The Last of Us that is coming to PlayStation 5 on September 2. However, when the announcement dropped there was no details regarding the PC version’s release date. But we now know that The Last of Us Part 1 will come to PC soon after the PS5 version’s launch.

Developer Naughty Dog’s senior environment texture artist Jon Benainous took to Twitter to provide fans with some good news. A fan named Charble stated how excited they are for the PC version. Benainous responded by saying “Glad to hear you’re hyped man! PC version should come out a bit later, but very soon after the PS5 release”.

With Benainous being an employee at Naughty Dog his word is about as reliable as it gets. We have no reason to doubt him but this news is somewhat surprising. When it comes to porting exclusives to PC Sony has begun to open up to the idea but its hesitation to do is obvious. Unlike The Last of Us Part 1 other PlayStation exclusives such as Beyond Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human took years to come to PC.

Plus, other recent PlayStation exclusives have shown no sign that they are coming to PC at all. Take Gran Turismo 7 for instance, which is strictly a PlayStation exclusive. It may be ported to PC in the future but Sony has given us no reason to assume so.

When is ‘very soon’?

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It’s great to hear that the PC port of The Last of Us Part 1 will come “very soon,” but what does that mean? Without an official release date, it’s difficult to say but we can take a reasonable guess. If the PlayStation 5 version is coming out in September, the PC version should arrive before the end of 2022.

Marvel is coming to FIFA 23 in an unusual Ultimate Team collab

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Publisher Electronic Arts has leaked some unusual information regarding FIFA 23. This year’s installment of the popular football series will be collaborating with an unexpected partner. Players of the Ultimate Team mode in FIFA 23 will be able to earn special Marvel player cards.

FIFA Ultimate Team already has a series of cards called Heroes. These Hero cards are throwbacks to former great players who had standout careers. They are a tier below icons but still house names that many fans remember fondly. It’s these Hero promo cards that are being used to tie into Marvel.

Any information beyond that is currently unknown. We’re not even sure if these Marvel-themed cards will be new or just a rebrand of the existing Hero promo. Although we’d expect that EA will use Marvel to try and sell cosmetics in FIFA 23 including TIFOs, badges, and kits. There’s no way a publisher of EA’s size would overlook such an easy opportunity to make money.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a collab between Marvel owners Disney and Electronic Arts. Disney signed off the publishing rights for all Star Wars games to EA back in 2013. It was that decision that led to the infamous Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy. Let’s hope that this collab between Marvel and FIFA 23 doesn’t go as badly. Although with the state of the AAA games industry right now you can never be certain.

Big changes ahead

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Collaborations like these are only one part of the big changes planned for FIFA 23. This year’s FIFA will also have cross-play for the first time. That means that PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC players will all be able to play together. There have also been leaks hinting that EA is reworking the iconic chemistry system but that is still to be confirmed.

Next-gen console version of Battlefield 2042 set at a premium price

Yesterday publisher Electronic Arts revealed the latest release in its popular Battlefield series. Named Battlefield 2042, it will be an online only near future first-person shooter. But it’s the revealed details of its pricing that has gotten gamers frustrated. Owners of next generation version of Battlefield 2042 will have to pay a premium price compared to the other platforms.

Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S release will cost $70 at launch. In contrast, the PC and current gen versions of 2042 will come in at the industry standard $60. Given that the PC version is likely to provide the best overall experience, the bumped-up price on next-gen consoles is difficult to justify.

Why the added cost?

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Truth be told, this increase of price isn’t uniquely a characteristic of Battlefield 2042. Many other AAA games have matched the price hike for a variety of reasons. Chief amongst these is probably just because they can. If the publisher if confident consumers will still buy a product for more, they will inevitably want to take advantage of that.

This is why we don’t see the price hike on PC. PC gamers are generally less willing to spend big due to the sheer quantity of great free-to-play and on sale games available. Unlike consoles, placing 2042 at $70 wouldn’t be profitable on PC.

There are some other genuine reasons for this change too. Video games are more expensive to make now then they have ever been before. 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2 was reported to have cost Rockstar a record $200 million to make and a further $250 million to market.

Battlefield won’t be on that level as it doesn’t have a single players campaign. No campaign means there’s no need for cutscenes and expensive voice actors. Regardless, it is a large-scale first-person shooter with a state-of-the-art game engine supporting it. Neither of those are going to be cheap to produce and maintain. However, customers probably won’t buy into the narrative that alone justifies the price increase of Battlefield 2042.

Hitman 3 Final Chapter: Mark January 2021 On Your Calendars

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We got introduced to the secret world of assassins in the first Hitman games, which also gained screen treatment through the movie of the same title. Timothy Olyphant was superb in his portrayal of the nameless assassin, well backed up by the seemingly helpless damsel in distress character of Olga Kurylenko. In the gaming universe, the story of Agent 47 comes full circle, as Hitman 3 is set to arrive in January 2021.

Last Patch Arriving for Hitman 2

In a report dated November 2019, the series’ predecessor — Hitman 2 — received its final patch on the November update. That was some months ago. Since then, Hitman 3 has been the focus of the developers. It is also a confirmation of what IO said was a ‘trilogy’ of games that followed Agent 47’s travel.

At this point, Hitman 3 will be launching after the arrival of next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. During the time the last few major patches for Hitman 2 were released, it was still in development — or the middle of development, as it appears. The speculations look correct, as it would be released in early 2021.

Agent 47 Comes Full Circle

The journey that Agent 47 started in the first Hitman outing will finally conclude in Hitman 3. Here, the world of assassination will once again welcome the enigmatic assassin. As always, the stakes are high, and 47’s contracts are never simple. It will take him around the world, always looking dapper and dashing in his preferred suit.

This time, Agent 47 has an extra hand from his agency handler, Diana Burnwood, as well as his long-lost friend, Lucas Grey. Their mission will be to eliminate the partners of Providence, but — as with all games in the genre — things turn sour on the way to their prey. Agent 47 will be thrust into unfamiliar territory and find himself trying to adjust as the situation develops.

Watch The World Come Alive

The locations in the Hitman saga have always been luxurious. Some have also been exotic and packed with high-stakes action. You take control of Agent 47 as he tries to explore these masterfully rendered locations and follow clues and pointers toward where the Agent must eliminate targets. Part of the fun is in the planning and execution of these assassinations. You can choose to disguise yourself or create little accidents, no matter how you see it fit.

It is in attention to these details that the game is truly appreciated. Blend in with the crowds, anonymous, and watch your plan unfold. You could also interact with other characters on the path to your ultimate goal. From these decisions, you could watch your plan unfold in glorious 4k – or see it burn down to the ground. You can also watch as the world reacts to everything you do, thanks to the award-winning Glacier technology by IO.

The Finale Comes After A Long Wait

Long-time fans of the franchise will get a feeling of delight in knowing that they can choose whichever way they want to play the assassin — sleek and sophisticated or bumbling and clumsy. Exploration and interaction are huge parts of this gameplay, rewarding players who have that extra streak of curiosity and insight in succeeding re-plays of the game. The game rewards players who immerse themselves in the world of assassination.

Players will also find it fascinating that the series allows for continuation, even from other games. Hitman 3 will allow those who have played and finished Hitman 2 to carry over their character progression as well as discover locations in the game. With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X boasting playability from the very first games in their series, the upcoming game will be able to receive content from the very first game up to the second.

IO Interactive will develop the last game in the franchise. The developers felt it was a natural choice for Hitman 3 to come directly from them to the players who have followed Agent 47 from the start. They also stated that they felt ready for the challenge and will look forward to completing the journey with the players and the entire community alongside them.

The game’s launch is in January 2021 for the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. In the meantime, there are other free PC games available for players who can’t wait to put their trigger finger to the test.

About Author: Jonathan J Kingston is a video game enthusiast, gamer, and veteran video game news writer for Games.lol. He spends his free time hunting for free game sites and testing their reliability. 

PlayStation 5 launch line-up to be announced this Wednesday

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After Microsoft’s shock announcement of the Xbox Series S, Sony chose to delay its planned PlayStation 5 stream. We didn’t know exactly when it was being pushed back to, but some new information just dropped. According to a tweet from the official PlayStation Twitter account, the next showcase will streamed this Wednesday.

You can catch the stream at 1 PM Pacific Time. That’s GMT -7 which equates to 9 PM UK time or 5 AM in

Japan. It’ll be available on Sony’s YouTube and Twitch channels. The stream is expected to last around

40 minutes and will focus on Sony’s next-gen titles coming to PS5.

What should you expect from the PlayStation 5 showcase?

Horizon 2 PS5 launch titleIt’s unlikely that Sony will focus too much on the console itself. All of its specifications and hardware were already covered in earlier streams. I’d also be surprised to see a price tag at this point. Even if that’s arguably what their fans want to see the most.

Sony will want to provide that information before people start pre-ordering the Xbox Series X, but it’s not currently in a position to do so. As I predicted in my recent opinion piece, I doubt Sony was prepared for the Series S announcement. The Japanese tech giant is likely still figuring out how to release the PlayStation 5 in a competitive state.

A release date does seem more likely though. We know that the Xbox Series X is coming November 10 and it’s very rare for two consoles to launch in the same window. Given this, I’d guess that the PlayStation 5 will likely drop sometime in December.

Finally, Sony will very likely use this stream to announce the PS5’s launch line-up. Sony has always prided itself on its exclusives so expect plenty of first-party announcements. If I were to guess, we’ll probably see Gran Turismo, Horizon 2, and maybe even something unexpected like Ratchet and Clank.

PlayStation 5 actually looks like a games console

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Last night was Sony’s time to take the stage and reveal its brand new next-gen console. As part of IGN’s Summer of Gaming, Sony finally got to show what it’s bringing to challenge the Xbox Series X. I went into the announcement expecting another generic black box, but the PlayStation 5 surpassed all my expectations.

I can say with confidence that the PlayStation 5 is the most beautiful console I have seen in years. When compared to the long list of boring black boxes we’ve been presented over the last decade or so, it’s something special.

The PlayStation 5 looks both retro and modern

The PlayStation 5 looks both retro and modern

To me the PS5 looks like what you’d have found in 2010 if you searched “futuristic console,” on Google images. A lot of gamers have been losing it over the look of the console since it’s so outlandish compared to the Xbox Series X. Some negative, some positive. I’m firmly on the positive side.

It’s kind of funny to see these reactions considering such designs were once the norm. Just think back to the sixth generation of gaming. The Dreamcast had its wild screen integrated controller. The Gamecube had a handle on it to be carried around on the go. Even the Xbox had its outer shell shaped into a giant X, showing no shame of its in your face branding.

Video game consoles used to be designed with character and were easily recognizable from each other even amongst those not interested. Can you really say the same for the last couple of generations? The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were particularly guilty.

Don’t even get me started on the PlayStation 4 Pro. That thing is the single worst designed console since the Nokia NGAGE. Dare I say even the Atari Lynx had more personality. They took an already bland designed and just added another layer to it like it was a wedding cake.

Microsoft became obsessed with normality

Microsoft became obsessed with normality

This brings me onto why I think the PlayStation 5 already has an edge over the Xbox Series X. I get it, the look of a console isn’t that important in the grand scheme of things. And I’m certainly not claiming that the PS5 looking nicer is going to make it sell better. But there’s a certain charm to the PS5 that Microsoft hasn’t managed to match.

Let’s be frank, the Xbox Series X looks like a small PC. That’s it. It’s a black, vertical cuboid with some ventilation and a disk tray. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 is a beautiful, white almost spaceship-like games console.

The PS5 gets me excited to boot it up and play games. The Xbox Series X makes me want to play my PC. And that’s not me trying to hate on Microsoft. I just feel they’ve missed out on the chance to give the Xbox franchise its character back. They played it safe whilst Sony took a risk. The result? Sony’s console is far more appealing at a visual level.

Regardless, only time will tell which console comes out on top. The Xbox Series X’s specifications look dominant as things stand but until we know its price tag and some more exclusives are announced, it’s hard to tell. What’s for sure is that if I had to pick a console right now, for the first time since 2003, I’m in Sony’s camp.