by Jayce Ham
Video game news is dying down a bit as video game developers prepare for the summer game releases. Still, there are some exciting things to discuss such as TV adaptations of video games and a Persona 5 sequel.
On February 10, HBO announced who would be playing Joel and Ellie in the up-and-coming TV adaptation of the renowned video game Last of Us, with Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Pedro Pascal is famous for his role of the Mandalorian in the Disney Plus show, The Mandalorian, while Bella Ramsey is known for her role as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones. Fans are excited to see what these actors bring to such beloved characters as Joel and Ellie. The show is said to air late 2021 or early 2022.
On February 17, Nintendo finally made some announcements after over a year of no Nintendo Direct conferences. The direct, however, was a disappointment to many as it mostly consisted of the announcement of already existing games being ported to the Nintendo Switch. The beginning of the direct, however, was full of excitement as they announced two new characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles. Fans of the Legend of Zelda series were also excited to see that Skyward Sword will be remastered and released for the Nintendo Switch on July 16, 2021. While I was not personally excited for this next announcement, fans of the Splatoon series were happy to find out that Splatoon 3 will be released in 2022. The most disappointing news of the whole Nintendo Direct is that there is still no news on the release date of Breath of the Wild 2.
On February 18 (if you pre-ordered the digital deluxe edition), Persona 5 Strikers, a sequel to Persona 5, was released. Players jump back into the lives of the Phantom Thieves six months after the ending of the previous game. They embark on a summer road trip to save people whose desires have been stolen. The game features hack and slash combat with waves of enemies as opposed to the previous games turn-based strategy combat. The gameplay is fun and challenging and works perfectly with the Persona 5 universe. Atlus does a great job of keeping the spirit of the previous game while also adding exciting new elements to bring something new and fresh to the series. The characters and story will have you just as enthralled as Persona 5.
As we get closer to the summer game releases, more video game news will be coming our way.
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