Yes, one of the greatest games of the previous console generation is getting a sequel. Fans hoped that Naughty Dog might find a way to return to the world of The Last of Us, but the nature of the original game’s ending left some to speculate that the developers had said all there was to say about the adventure of Ellie and Joel.
It’s not entirely clear exactly what the story will be this time around, but the ominous and fearful tone of Ellie’s looming threats suggest that this will be a story of revenge. The recipient of said revenge seems to be fairly obvious based on context clues in the trailer, but in the interest of not completely outlining the ending of the original game, we will not speculate on their identity here.
Speculation is all we have as it concerns the release date for The Last of Us Part II, however. It appears that the game is still very much in development, which means you shouldn’t hope to see it before late next year at the earliest. Neil Druckman, the title’s creative director, took to the PlayStation Blog to clarify that the eventual release of the game could be “a ways off,” and to assure fans that Naughty Dog is only making a sequel to this game because they feel they have a new story that is worth telling.
Well, we’re sold. Here’s everything we know about The Last of Us Part II:
The Last of Us Part 2 News
At DICE Summit 2018, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann revealed one of The Last of Us Part II‘s stranger inspirations.
“There’s a show on Netflix called The End of the F***ing World, which is so well written and acted and quirky, and has been totally inspiring for some of the stuff we’re doing in [The Last of Us 2]—more on the dialog stuff,” said Druckmann. Given that the Netflix show is about a pair of runaway teenagers who embark upon a dark quest, we’re guessing that it might have somehow influenced the equally dark journey of the main characters. However, Druckmann didn’t clarify the point.
Druckmann also recalled that The Last of Us was born from a failed pitch he once submitted to George Romero. He wanted to make a game that combined elements of ICO and Sin City while telling a story about a cop with a heart problem protecting a little girl. When the cop’s heart condition kicks in, the girl would need to take care of the cop and protect him from enemies. Of course, Romero passed on that pitch.
The Last of Us Part 2 Release Date
The Last of Us 2 doesn’t have a release date as of yet. We suspect the game won’t arrive for at least another year, as Naughty Dog only announced it at PSX 2016. It will arrive exclusively on the PlayStation 4.
The Last of Us Part 2 Trailer
A brand new trailer has arrived! Check it out below:
Next, feast your eyes on the reveal trailer for The Last of Us Part II:
The Last of Us Part 2 Story
At PSX 2016, Naughty Dog director and writer Neil Druckmann shared the first bits of Last of Us Part 2 story details, including what the focus will be in the sequel. Druckmann revealed that Ellie is the star of this installment and that the game takes place several years after the original. Ellie is 19-years-old in The Last of Us Part 2.
Druckmann talked a bit about the tone and direction of the sequel’s story, saying that while the original was a story about love, “[Part 2] is about hate.” He also confirmed that this game will exclusively continue the story of Ellie and Joel instead of jumping to other characters.
It looks like The Last of Us Part 2 will have a couple of connections with Westworld. It’s been revealed that Halley Gross, a writer on the show, will be co-writing the game’s story with Neil Druckmann, who wrote the first game.
Additionally, Westword actress Shannon Woodward will have a role in the game. No details on her character were revealed. Her casting was revealed in a tweet:
It’s also been revealed that Bruce Straley, who directed the first game, will not return for the sequel. Instead, Druckmann will be directing the game.
The Last of Us Part 2 Music
Writer/director Neil Druckmann confirmed that Gustavo Santaolalla, the composer of The Last of Us‘ wonderful score, will also create the music for the sequel.
The Last of Us Part 2 Poster
In celebration of Outbreak Day – the day in The Last of Us when the world fell apart – Naughty Dog has released some promotional materials and free items related to the game. You can read a full breakdown of the announcement (which includes information regarding a new The Last of Us t-shirt and PS4 theme) via this PlayStation blog post.
However, there is one Outbreak Day release we do have to highlight. The fine folks at Mondo have teamed up with Naughty Dog and artist Kevin Tong to release a new poster that seems to be related to The Last of Us Part 2. It’s a fairly stunning design that serves as a callback to the previous Mondo The Last of Us poster and an effective teaser.
You can buy the poster from Mondo’s website starting today.