The Last of Us Dollar Store Knockoff Hits Nintendo Switch

A screenshot from The Last Hope shows two characters standing in a library.

Pictured above: (Not) The Last of Us
Screenshot: VG Games / Kotaku

The Last of Us and its sequel are blockbuster action-adventure games with incredible graphics and deep narratives. They’re also games that, for a few different reasons, will never officially be playable on Nintendo’s aging Switch console. But don’t worry, you can just play The Last Hope – Dead Zone Survival instead, a new game on the eShop that looks an awful lot like Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic series.

Released on June 30, The Last Hope – Dead Zone Survival is a third-person action game starring a man named Brian Lee, who was sent to the future as part of an unspecified government’s investigation into a deadly zombie outbreak. Apparently his job is to figure out why it happened? Or maybe to stop it, the trailer isn’t really clear. What is clear is that pretty quickly, Brian Lee encounters a young girl who is totally not a ripoff of Ellie from The Last of Us. Yes, she is wearing the same outfit as Ellie and looks a lot like Ellie, and appears to follow Brian Lee around for safety from the undead, but she’s totally different in every other way.

VG Games

The similarities between The Last Hope and The Last of Us extend beyond the similar names, characters, and zombies. A quick glance at the game’s official digital cover image makes it clear what game the developers at V.G. Games were likely, let’s say… inspired by when making this Switch title. (The answer is: The Last of Us.)

Kotaku has reached out to V.G. Games for more information.

According to the game’s official eShop description, The Last Hope features an “immersive atmosphere” that is “enhanced” by “detailed visuals, eerie sound design, and a gripping storyline.”

This is the part where I include some gameplay while asking you to re-read the previous sentence.

Tahami / VG Games

As of July 5, The Last Hope has yet to launch in North America. The Switch-exclusive action game is currently only available on the Nintendo eShop in the UK. It’s normally 9 pounds but is currently on sale for £0.99. What a bargain! You might be better off just watching the TV show instead.


Team Fortress 2 Hits New Player Record After Big Update

The cast of Team Fortress 2 is shown with weapons drawn.

Image: Valve

Team Fortress 2 got a big content update yesterday, July 12, and it’s got players flocking to the hero shooter in such numbers that a new concurrent player record has just been set for the game, 16 years after it first released.

The Summer 2023 update includes 14 new community maps, as well as a new batch of taunts and cosmetics. All of this is on top of some bug fixes and updates for server stability. The Summer event will run until September 15. The full patch notes are as follows:

Summer 2023

  • Featuring 14 new community maps: Sharkbay, Rotunda, Phoenix, Cashworks, Venice, Reckoner, Sulfur, Hardwood, Pelican Peak, Selbyen, VSH Tiny Rock, VSH Distillery, VSH Skirmish, and VSH Nucleus
  • Added the Summer 2023 Cosmetic Case
  • Contains 25 new community-contributed items
  • Added 6 new community-contributed taunts to the Mann Co. Store
  • Taunt: Killer Joke
  • Taunt: Star-Spangled Strategy
  • Taunt: The Head Doctor
  • Taunt: Tuefort Tango
  • Taunt: The Road Rager
  • Taunt: The Killer Signature
  • Added 20 new community-created Unusual effects
  • 12 new effects for Unusual hats
  • 8 new effects for Unusual taunts
  • Added the Summer 2023 War Paint Case
  • Contains 10 new community-created War Paints that make-up the Summer 2023 Collection
  • Has a chance to give a taunt Unusualifier as a bonus item
  • All cosmetic and taunt cases will grant Summer 2023 Unusual effects instead of their normal Unusual effects during the Summer event. This does not include crates.
  • The Summer event runs through September 15th, 2023
  • General
  • Security and stability improvements
  • Fixed the Mann vs. Machine upgrade panel closing after receiving a matchmaking party invite
  • Fixed an exploit related to the ConTracker and being able to move/shoot while it’s deployed
  • Fixed the Strange Count Transfer Tool not being able to transfer stats for Sandvich items
  • Fixed the Engineer not being able to move for a short period of time after doing The High Five taunt
  • Fixed missing No Headphones style for the Universal Translator
  • Fixed Engineer teleporter audio that was referencing the dispenser by mistake in Spanish
  • Fixed incorrect alpha channels for the Smissmas 2021/2022 Cosmetic Case models
  • Fixed the Winter 2019 War Paint Case not being shown in the Mann Co. Store
  • Updated/Added some tournament medals
  • Updated pl_enclosure_final to fix localization issues
  • Updated cp_gravelpit_snowy
  • Boosted volume of snowman explosions
  • Added occluders to C to improve performance
  • Improved clipping
  • Updated cp_steel
  • Prop collision cleanup and improved player clipping
  • Explosive splash bug collisions on stairs, props, etc., around the map
  • Spawn point issues (collision, prop blocking, clipping, etc.)
  • Fix Pyro door exploit on A
  • Fix choke and spam issues into Blu & Red spawns
  • Fix Pixel walk collision issues
  • Fixing ceiling clipping and stuck spots including exploits
  • Clean up geometry in spawns, the spawn locations and their exits
  • Fix roof readability issues, with sticky and rocket jumping
  • Fix rare double death bug when falling into pit
  • Fix Cliff stuck spots and ledges in E pit
  • Removed head glitch tele spawn on A-B connector
  • Fix rare overtime cap bug
  • Fix Red team getting stuck in spawn door to A
  • Updated cp_mossrock
  • Fixed numerous perch points
  • Fixed players being able to get under Blu spawn
  • Fixed a location where a teleporter could be build out of the map
  • Fixed collision on rock near final point so it is more accurate to the visuals
  • Fixed lots of small visual bugs
  • Fixed some small exploits
  • Improved optimisation

Whether it’s the new maps or the new hats, Team Fortress 2 players are swarming to the game right now, as the shooter just hit a new peak player number on Steam in the wake of the update. In the past 24 hours, the game reached 253,997 players on the platform. Team Fortress 2 launched in 2007 and still has a dedicated community playing it, even if there has been a bit of a tug-of-war between them and Valve to see the game supported in recent years. Though Team Fortress is considered a precursor to the hero shooter craze and games like Overwatch, clearly the game still has legs, even as the shooter genre grows more and more crowded with each passing year.

Fortnite Hikes V-Bucks Price As Inflation Hits Epic’s Reboot

Fortnite avatars dance in the clouds of rising costs.

Image: Epic Games

Everything’s getting more expensive, even inside Fortnite. Epic Games’ free-to-play battle royale is raising the price of V-Bucks today by roughly 12.5 percent. Being the last one standing just got a little more expensive, at least if you want to look stylish and rank up the season battle pass while doing it.

Players spend billions every year on the in-game currency to buy virtual costumes, dances, and other cosmetics for their characters. Announced last month, the October 27 price increase means players will be paying a few dollars more for each new piece of virtual gear. As just one example, the Fortnite shop’s new Alan Wake 2-themed skins cost 2,600 V-Bucks for the whole set. Previously, that would have cost about $20. Now it will be $23. Epic blames “economic factors such as inflation and currency fluctuations.” Bidenomics strikes again.

Here’s the full breakdown:

  • 1,000 V-bucks: $9 (originally $8)
  • 2,800 V-bucks: $23 (originally $20)
  • 5,000 V-bucks: $37 (originally $32)
  • 13,500 V-bucks: $90 (originally $80)

The price hike comes as almost everything in gaming is getting more expensive, from battle passes and subscription services to new games and consoles. At the same time, companies across the video game industry are slowing hiring or engaging in large layoffs, including Epic Games. The Fortnite maker announced it would cut more than 800 staff last month after CEO Tim Sweeney appeared to realize only three months ago that the company was “spending way more money than we earn.”

The resulting scramble led to layoffs at recently acquired studios like Mediatonic and a rushed sale of music platform Bandcamp to Songtradr. That messy transition ended with half Bandcamp’s employees getting canned and Epic refusing to recognize their union. Those laid off will still qualify for six months of severance from Epic, but the chaos has drawn criticism from those who see little accountability at the top for the apparent strategic blunders.

Now Epic Games is teasing a return to Fornite’s very first battle royale mode map from back in 2017’s chapter 1. The update seems designed to bring back players who may have bounced off the game in the years since it first became a mega hit, while also raising questions about what new creative ideas are still left for the battle royale to explore. Epic’s chief creative officer, Donald Mustard, retired after 25 years in the video game industry last month.

If there’s one silver lining at the moment, it’s Alan Wake 2. The Epic Games-published survival horror game launched today to rave reviews and is already on many people’s shortlist for Game of The Year. It could be the biggest hit the company has funded in years, or at least the most critically acclaimed. Even if those pesky Epic Games Store achievements are still a major drag.

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