Last Sentinel: What We Know So Far

Last Sentinel is being developed by Lightspeed LA, a brand new AAA studio under Lightspeed Studios. Though newly formed, Lightspeed LA has serious industry cred behind it.

The studio is led by Steve C. Martin, known for his work as art director on massive Rockstar Games hits like Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption. His vision for immersive worlds promises to bring that same level of quality to Lightspeed LA’s first release.

Lightspeed Studios itself is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., which is making a major play into Western markets. Last Sentinel seems to be Tencent’s bid to engage global audiences with an ambitious, big budget title. With Martin’s guidance and Tencent’s resources, Lightspeed LA boasts a development team of veterans from studios like Naughty Dog and Respawn Entertainment.

Last Sentinel Gameplay: Action and Exploration in a Cyberpunk Future

The Last Sentinel and a dystopian future.

Details on Last Sentinel’s gameplay are still mostly under wraps. The cinematic trailer provides glimpses of motorcycle chases, firefights, and platforming challenges. These scenes suggest an action-adventure game with a mix of driving, shooting, acrobatics and more. The trailer showcases expert martial arts as well, hinting at exciting melee combat possibilities.

With the game set in a sprawling future version of Tokyo, players can expect open world exploration of distinct districts across the high-tech city. The oppressive security forces also promise thrilling chase sequences. And as a freedom fighter taking the battle to evil corporations, strategic planning and gear upgrades may supplement the kinetic action.

Check out the announcement trailer for Last Sentinel.

Last Sentinel Story: Fight the Power in Dystopian Tokyo

Last Sentinel thrusts players into the boots of Hiromi Shoda, a resistance fighter waging war against the totalitarian Concord Empire in a dark future Tokyo. With humanity encroaching through destructive terraforming, Hiromi battles to protect the city’s displaced cyborgs and androids.

The cinematic trailer shows Hiromi swooping in on her motorcycle to rescue schoolchildren from the grasp of Concord’s forces. Her skills with guns, blades, and her fists suggest she’s a grizzled veteran of this struggle. The children she saves may represent the hope Hiromi fights for — the possibility of a better future for Tokyo’s citizens.

With Lightspeed LA promising “original narrative art,” players can anticipate a storytelling triumph on par with cinema. Expect complex characters like Hiromi and themes exploring totalitarianism and the rights of marginalized groups.

Last Sentinel Features: Next-Gen Tech Brings Tokyo to Life

The Last Sentinel in a dark room, tightly gripping a gun.

As a new studio working with industry veterans, Lightspeed LA is leveraging fresh technology to create vivid, lifelike worlds. The Last Sentinel trailer demonstrates astonishing detail in the Tokyo cityscape along with advanced lighting, physics, particle effects and models.

Steve Martin says the team’s focus on player immersion will transport gamers directly into Hiromi’s high-octane battles across dystopian Tokyo. Players can expect jaw-dropping set pieces as Concord’s forces give chase across the neon-bathed metropolis.

With AAA production values, Last Sentinel may raise the graphical benchmark for open world games. Players should prepare to lose themselves in the oppressive tech-noir beauty of Lightspeed LA’s rendered future.

Last Sentinel Platforms and Release Date

Lightspeed LA has not yet announced release platforms or dates for Last Sentinel. As a big budget title built using new technology, the game will likely target next generation consoles and gaming PCs.

The studio will probably avoid tying itself to a release window until quite late in development. But The Game Awards announcement indicates Last Sentinel is well into production. With no direct competitors named, a launch in late 2024 seems reasonable. This would allow time for Lightspeed LA to polish its debut title while hopefully avoiding delays.

Whenever it drops, Last Sentinel is poised to deliver a visually stunning and narratively compelling action experience. The emerging studio’s pedigree and resources suggest this could be a game that defines the new generation. Check out the official Last Sentinel website for more information and check back here for any news and updates.

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Harriet Gough
Over 20 years' experience as a writer and games journalist. Avid gamer and enjoy a wide range of game genres including MMOs, FPS and RTS. My favorite games include Warframe, Skyrim, Destiny 2, CoD and Age of Empires.

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