Mr. Videogame Exclusive himself, GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighley, revealed last week that a new PlayStation 3 exclusive would be showcased at this year's VGA awards. Many believed it would be the heavily-rumoured PlayStation brawler, but that was not to be (thank god!).
Sony has since released a teaser trailer for the new exclusive, which is called "The Last of Us".
The video reveals very little about what the game is actually going to be about, but we can assume it has something to do with wither the end of civilization, social anarchy, or perhaps even both. Visiting the website at the end of the trailer brings us to a dead end, while checking its domain registration showcases interesting capitalisation of the words, resulting in "Las Tofus", which is actually Latin for "Last of Us". Another dead end.
Interestingly, this is an exclusive coming at a time when gamers are being bombarded with sequel after sequel. In the last few months alone we've seen Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Resistance 3, Infamous 2, Uncharted 3, just to name a few. Throw in Gears of War 3 and Forza 4 and, well, you get the drift.
Why have we seen so little new blockbuster IPs? Caution probably has a lot to do with it, just as the next generation of consoles quickly approaches. Also factor in the inevitable financial collapse of Europe and it seems almost ludicrous to invest big in an unknown and unproven videogame brand.
And yet, here we are being teased by a mysterious new PS3 exclusive. Sony sure does know how to get our little gamer hearts pumping and our little traps yapping!
So what exactly is this game all about? With such a big tease has to come a little conjecture, so let's take a look at the possibilities that first come to mind.
David Jaffe 'Heartland' IP
Back in May it was rumoured that Santa Monica Studio was working to bring a canned PSP title codenamed "Heartland" to PlayStation 3. The game was being spearheaded by God of War creator David Jaffe, and was described as a FPS focused on a Chinese invasion of the USA during the Bush administration. Murmurs suggested that Jaffe was being pressured by Sony to make the game for PS3 as opposed to PSP, before the game was eventually canned.
Shuhei Yoshida horror Move title
'Until Dawn', which is a title that obviously differs from the trailer's 'The Last of Us' name, is a game that has supposedly been in development since 2009. However, little has been heard about Yoshida's supposed Move-exclusive title, which supposedly has a zombie-ridden, blood-splattered plot-line, not unlike what was alluded to in The Last of Us trailer.
The Spike TV Video Game Awards are just a week away, so we can be sure that we'll see and hear more about the game then. In the mean time, take all of the above with a grain of salt, but get excited that yet another awesome-looking PlayStation 3 exclusive is on the way.
By Gaetano Prestia
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