The Last of Us (Part) 2 [PS4]

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Will Sony delay release of The Last Of Us 2 because of CoronaVirus Pandemic?

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  1. milk

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    I definetely agree with you that big AAA studios spend too much time on stuff that adds little value to the game (comparatively to their development cost) while gamers, the industry and the studio itself would probably benefit from them releasing more games more often with better focus on time spent where ir matters.

    I don't think though, that this kind of detail is what I'd call time badly spent. This probably tool relatively little time, created a system that is usefull throughout the whole game, advances research in ways futire games will benefit, and arguably SAVES time in audio/voice acting/animation by subtly conveying character's physical and emotional state proceduraly without requiring hand-made one-off chatter/animations to achieve the same effect.

    What I think is the real time waster in these big projects is menial art production work. And I blame a culture of complecency with brute forcing art. How do we get hours of cutscene animation done? Hire more animators, outsource, do over time! How are we gonna make this scene with a huge crowd of people with different faces and clothes? Hire more modelers, outsorce do overtime!

    TLoU2 is full of examples of that. It is indeed kind of cool that they actually made individual animations for Ellie upgrading her weapons at the bench, but honestly, it is not nearly as cool as if the game had been released 6 months earlier by ND choosing their battles batter and they had started their next project already.

    I sit here thinking of the cutscene featured in one of their early trailers, with dozens of npcs dancing, and a damn kiss (must be hell to animate properly) and in the final game, it plays in the very end, after we as players had already heard about everything thar happened that night half a dozen diffent times. It was absolutely not needed, and must have taken months of man-hours, if not a years.

    I imagine devs are doing this in part "because they can". Most devs have had to carefully choose what problems to tackle for ages, and I feel some are trying to to strech their legs and see how far they can push themselves through sheer numbers. But I hope most have gotten that out of their system and feel more inclined to pursue clever ways to "work smarter, not harder" going foward.
     
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    And in deference to this, I did say if this was something that was sandwiched between other tasks and filled time that otherwise would have been idle, I have no problem with it.

    And I see the value in allowing people an opportunity of working on pet projects or things that particular interest them, this is good for motivation.
     
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    It has to do with what you set to accomplish. They modeled a stadium built as a city, that you only see once.
    The game is the sum of its parts.
    And If the goal was indeed the end result, they must have shot for the stars to deliver something this ambitious...
    Imagine, how much actually never made it in the game.

    My guess is, that with tools always evolving, we will see bigger projects for less effort.
    But if the end goal is to get as close to the limits of what one can accomplish with the technology at his disposal, the effort will always be enormous.
    I think that ND are clearly going for as much realism as they can get.
    And even at PS6 level hardware, (if there will be such a thing) the struggle will be there all the same.
     
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    I think you only ever see most locales in Jackson only once as well and that also has a crazy amount of detail. But I'm drawing a line between spending time on world building, as in things which are right in your path to establish how life survives and tiny subtle details that many/most people will never spot and do not add to the world, story or gameplay.
     
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    That makes me remember that frozen II movie got tons of ridiculously detailed animation. Heck, even the bed are soft and bounce and deform properly!

    But maybe these crazy details are actually a good way to motivate the workers to do their best? Even better if it can be reused or adapted for other stuff.

    Bungie is one of the best at reusing stuff. Copy paste edit. And it results in a bunch of weird bugs haha.

    But ND usually is the opposite. They do ridiculous amounts of manual works that only be used very few times or even just once.
     
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    It's harder and harder to stand out these days. ND has a reputation to maintain not only for studio prestige but also from a consumer relevancy standpoint. People need to talk about ANY product weeks and beyond to gain that all important mind share in a sea of cheap/plentiful entertainment constantly attracting eyeballs every which way. So if building a gigantic stadium you see once is what it takes then you can bet they sure as hell are going to do it. Because not only do they need to prop up their game on a gigantic pedestal they also have to do it for an entire platform that needs to stand out for the business to be relevant. IMO you cannot compare SIE (or whatever they are going to call it now) studios to the EA's, T2 and UBIs of the world because Sony produces these games as loss leaders to get people to buy into the platform ecosystem which is why (thankfully, so far......) you see very little if any micro transactions and different tiers of "editions" to buy to access all the content. Personally, games like this are the only reason I keep paying the platform tax.
     
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    At some point, the difference between crossing the uncanny valley or staying in it, will be in those minute details, that most won't actually notice, but in a subconscious level make or break the end result.
    The groundwork required is simply overwhelming.
    But if, this is their end goal, it is, (given the current and perhaps even future technological constraints) unavoidable.
     
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    This is a very good point.
     
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    I completely disagree that this particular technology was a waste of time. Adding physics based toilet seats, yes, but this no .

    You are playing these characters throughout the game - the game is about realism of human emotion, and tension. The quickest and most efficient way to share a character's emotion is through the sound of their breathing. The fact it is procedural also means that it may save time in future games. Also as it's linked to animation I expect this research will be highly influential in the industry.

    Devs want to create realism and to have a system that conveys the stress of the character in a non-repetitive way is highly useful for the industry. But to add and be clear - The Last Of Us is THE game where this tech makes the most sense and impact. It would not be anywhere as impactful in the noisy world of Uncharted. But in the quiet, creepy world of The Last Of Us where the character is stressed and often needs to hold their breath to avoid being seen - it creates incredible immersion. I noticed it when playing and before seeing this information.
     
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    We can disagree in peace! :yes:
     
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    Just as long as I can't hear you breathing.
     
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