The Last Of Us Updates, An Award For ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ And More Gaming News For Wednesday, January 4

Hope your Wednesday is going well, gang! There’s not a ton of major gaming news so far today, but it should be worth keeping an eye on Sony’s CES press conference this evening. Word is that PS VR2 will be a key focus of the presentation. And if your GPU tastes lean more AMD than NVIDIA, it might be worth checking out AMD’s keynote tonight as well.

In the hopper today, we’ve got some updates on The Last of Us, Steam awards winners, Wizards of the Coast canning several projects and the latest Humble Choice lineup.

The Last Of Us Updates

June 2023 marks the 10th anniversary of The Last of Us, one of the greatest games of all time. Naughty Dog is getting the celebrations started a little early with some updates on the series.

First, Neil Druckmann revealed that between the three versions of The Last of Us plus The Last of Us Part II, the franchise has sold through more than 37 million copies as of December. Not bad at all. Expect those numbers to increase after the HBO adaptation comes out later this month and the TLOU Part I remake hits PC in March.

When it comes to the future of the series, expect to hear about some “fun surprises” in the coming months. As for the long-awaited multiplayer spinoff, Druckmann says Naughty Dog will reveal more details later this year. In the meantime, he shared another piece of delicious concept art depicting a ruined San Francisco, which you can see above.

Cyberpunk 2077 Wins A Steam Award

Other than No Man’s Sky, it’s difficult to think of a game that has had a bigger upswing in gamers’ sentiment than Cyberpunk 2077. The game was an absolute disaster at launch, but after thousands of improvements and a current-gen update, Cyberpunk 2077 turned out to be a pretty great first-person RPG.

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Steam users have now rewarded the game with one of that platform’s awards. Cyberpunk 2077 snagged the Labor of Love gong, which is given to a game released in a previous year that the developers have continued to update.

The other award winners are as follows:

Game Of The Year Elden Ring

VR Game Of The Year Hitman 3

Better with Friends (multiplayer) Raft: The Final Chapter

Outstanding Visual StyleMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Most Innovative Gameplay Stray

Best Game You Suck At Elden Ring

Best Game Soundtrack Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Outstanding Story-Rich Game God of War

Sit Back And Relax Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Best Game On The Go Death Stranding

Humble Choice For January

This month’s Humble Choice games seem well worth your $12. Choice is Humble’s monthly subscription service, but when you claim that month’s games, they’re yours to keep forever.

In January, you can claim:

  • Doom Eternal
  • Tribes of Midgard
  • Encased: A Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic RPG
  • OlliOlli World Rad Edition
  • Grow: Song of the Evertree
  • Conan Chop Chop
  • Hokko Life
  • The Serpent Rogue

Doom Eternal and OlliOlli World (plus all the DLC for the latter) are enough for me to take the plunge this month. Another half-dozen games for the backlog can’t hurt either, right?

Right?

Wizards Of The Coast Cancels 5 Games

Some bad news from Bloomberg, which reports that Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast has canceled at least five unannounced games. The company said it “made some changes to our long-term portfolio to focus on games which are strategically aligned with developing our existing brands and those which show promise in expanding or engaging our audience in new ways.”

Fewer than 15 people were laid off at the company due to the strategic shift. Studios Hidden Path Entertainment and OtherSide Entertainment were working on games for Wizards of the Coast and may have been impacted.

Wizards of the Coast has been making a bigger push into video games over the last several years. The company has set up several of its own studios. It’s also publishing Larian Games’ Baldur’s Gate 3, which is finally expected to arrive in 2023.

One Last Thing

World War Z: Aftermath is getting a free PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade on January 24. Horde Mode XL, which features way more zombies, will hit the game on the same day. Here’s a trailer:

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