On December 3rd, 2016, the internet erupted into roaring applause near the end of Sony’s PlayStation Experience event. Get your shotguns and Molotov cocktails ready – Naughty Dog just officially announced The Last of Us Part II. For those who are wondering – yes, the game will feature the return of Ellie and Joel.
The main scene of the trailer opens with a young adult (or what appears to be) Ellie initially tuning, then proceeding to play an acoustic guitar in a corpse-filled house. As Ellie continues to play, the camera pans to the house’s front door and focuses in on the silhouette of a man entering. The man, later confirmed to be Joel, walks to the back room where Ellie is, and asks her, “You really gonna go through with this?”. The trailer closes with Ellie’s chillingly emotional response, “I’m gonna find, and I’m gonna kill…every…last…one of them.”
The announcement (in the form of a 3+ minute trailer), while brief, showed off some major hints into how the game’s story could unfold. Based on Ellie’s character model in the trailer, it looks like quite a few years have passed since the original game. In addition, Joel’s initial words exchanged with Ellie (“What are you doin, kiddo?”) gives off the impression that their partnership took a brief break prior to them meeting in the bedroom. Perhaps there could have been some falling out in between the two games?
Neil Druckmann (Creative Director, Naughty Dog), had this to say in regards to the game’s release date (via PlayStation Blog):
“It’s still early days for the project—the game’s release is a ways off—but we couldn’t wait any longer to give you a glimpse of what’s to come. We’re going to let the trailer speak for itself, but expect more information about The Last of Us Part II in the coming months.”
While fans will undoubtedly have questions (Will the clickers be making a return to the game? What happened to Joel’s brother? Does Ellie ever learn the truth about Joel’s lie at the end of the first TLOU?), fans can at least breathe a sigh of relief to know that this game is in production.
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