The Last of Us 2: Three whole years have passed since developer Naughty Dog broke boundaries with their standalone action-horror title, The Last of Us. Not only was the third-person perspective game praised for its engaging story and gameplay, it received critical acclaim due to the way it paid a great deal of attention to generally overlooked details like character development, subtext, and how it went on to depict people of different orientation as well as women. In short, The Last of Us was an instant success (going by both sales figures and reviews), and it remains one of the highest rated games to date.
Update: For those who have been waiting eagerly for some news pertaining to The Last of Us 2, Naughty Dog has pleasantly surprised us all by announcing the game with an official reveal trailer. Neil Druckmann took to the PlayStation Blog to make the coveted announcement. To quote Druckmann, “Let’s cut to the chase: the sequel to The Last of Us is happening, and it’s called The Last of Us Part II.”
Most interestingly, we now know that the story will not have a new protagonist, but instead, it appears that Ellie will be leading the way to the story of blood and vengeance, as many fans had predicted. But a lot of time has passed between the last game and the upcoming one, and Ellie is certainly not a little girl anymore. Besides the fact that it is coming, not much else is known about the title for now. However, it is clear that The Last of Us 2 will be a direct sequel to the 2013 original, so it might be a good idea to get acquainted with The Last of Us if you wish to play the upcoming game. Especially because Naughty Dog’s titles lay a special emphasis on story.
The Last of Us 2 News
Naughty Dog has been recruiting some notable names to add to the growing list of contributors for The Last of Us 2. The developers are known to focus a lot of energy at building a relatable story and characters, no matter how far fetched the entire set up may feel. There is little doubt about the fact that this will be their aim for the upcoming sequel to The Last of Us, and for this purpose, Neil Druckmann has added Halley Gross, a writer on Westworld. The show was undoubtedly one of the best we had the pleasure of experiencing last year, and we are happy about Gross’s involvement in the new game. She will co-write The Last of Us Part 2 with Druckmann.
But that’s not the only Westworld connection that The Last of Us 2 will have. Feisty Behavior specialist Elsie Hughes’ fate may have been left uncertain on the show, leaving her reappearance in Season 2 a matter of speculation; but actor Shannon Woodward will lend her acting chops to Naughty Dog’s new game. It is not known which character she is playing yet, but we don’t imagine it will be one of less significance.
The Last of Us 2 Rumors
Reports that had surfaced earlier back in 2015 drew our attention to the fact that the creators of the first game had already begun working on The Last of Us 2. The rumor may have seemed like a stretch at the time, but later snippets of information confirmed that Naughty Dog was, in fact, considering The Last of Us 2. Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog eventually stated that his team was actively experimenting with ideas for the series’ continuation, and a team had been assembled to develop a prototype for the upcoming game. Moreover, Nolan North, a voice actor for the developer’s Uncharted series confirmed during a panel interview that work on The Last of Us 2 was already in progress. So as its stands, we are now closer than ever to getting a follow-up to the celebrated first game. But when The Last of Us 2 will finally arrive still remains a question.
The Last of Us 2 Features and Wishlist: What to expect
The Last of Us 2 Storyline
Considering that The Last of Us was a post-apocalyptic action adventure title, the game that will follow is anticipated to follow along the same lines in terms of the basic plotline. However, it is but certain that the developers will do their best to differentiate the new game from the old one in a variety of aspects. Druckmann had earlier stated that the fate of The Last of Us 2 was dependent on a lot of key factors, primarily a new storyline which would not feel dragged on from the first title, so at this point it is not clear whether forthcoming action game will also feature a zombie-based storyline like the first game. Whatever be the case, we can rest assured knowing that the developers are in no hurry to belt out a title by compromising on quality.
The Last of Us 2 Characters
One of the standout features of The Last of Us was the way it handled its characters. That not only applied to the game’s main protagonists, but also the array of people we had met as the game progressed. Each had a significant contribution to the game’s storyline, and the realistic treatment that they had been given was unlike anything we had previously seen in the world of video games.
The Last of Us 2 will have a similar focus on character. This not only derives from the fact that the creators will leave no stones unturned in order to ensure that the next game will be a major improvement upon the previous game, but Druckmann has repeatedly stated how important characterization is to build a solid foundation for any story he wants to tell. So we can expect The Last of Us 2’s characters to combine diversity and dynamism and utilize them to their fullest capacity. So there is a good chance that the new game will represent a number of character types that are vastly overlooked by those in entertainment, including people of different color and orientation. Like the last game, the upcoming sequel will also have a character-driven experience at its center.
Update: By this time, we know that The Last of Us 2 is bringing back the beloved characters from the previous title, and by the looks of it, it appears that this story will focus around Ellie, though Joel may also have an important role to play. But in many ways, the new game will be thematically opposite to its 2013 predecessor. Whatever be the case, what we really wish to see is the continuation of a similar intensity along with an immersive story. We don’t really know if there will be more playable characters in the upcoming entry, but we can hope to encounter a lot of intriguing NPCs. We want Naughty Dog to bring back the magic in telling the story of those we come across, whether protagonist or a minor NPC.
The Last of Us 2 Gameplay
Considering that the development of The Last of Us 2 is tightly under wraps, not much is known about the upcoming title’s gameplay. But we are more than likely to see a few of the gameplay features from The Last of Us make a return in the upcoming game. One of the highlights of the previous title was its combat style, which incorporated everything from gunning down zombies to eliminate them to throwing small objects to serve as a distraction to allow for a momentary safe passage (or just to draw out the enemy). In The Last of Us 2, we expect to see the same dynamic combat system which will include both long and short range fighting aided by guns as well as melee weapons. The title will also feature a crafting system which will allow the player to create a weapon from scavenged items.
Improved enemy AI is more than welcome in the upcoming game, which will make the hostile forces more responsive and therefore, difficult to evade. A multiplayer mode with increased player support is also a probable addition.
The Last of Us 2 VR Support
It is highly rumored that The Last of Us 2 will pick up the latest trend in horror gaming (a la Resident Evil 7: Biohazard) and walk the Virtual Reality route for its single-player campaign. But considering that Naughty Dog is known for doing things quite differently, this may not be entirely true. If anything, Druckmann and his team may choose to ignore the gimmick altogether and simply focus on a high-res horror gaming experience in the manner of Outlast 2. So at this point, we cannot say if The Last of Us 2 will come with VR Support.
The Last of Us 2 Trailer
In early December 2016, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann shared a reveal trailer for The Last of Us 2, now renamed The Last of Us Part II. The trailer showed an older Ellie steadying her trembling hands before she starts strumming on her guitar and singing some haunting and vivid lyrics. Towards the end of the video, we get to see Joel make a small appearance too. After Ellie is done with the song, she swears revenge by speaking these words: “I’m gonna find and I’m gonna kill every last one of them.” By the looks of the new trailer, we are speculating that Ellie will be the new protagonist, with Joel becoming an accompanying character. Watch The Last of Us 2 trailer below.
The Last of Us 2 Release Date
Update: We were pretty far off in trying to predict when The Last of Us 2 might come out. While we originally speculated that we may hear something official about the new game sometime in 2017, Naughty Dog announced the upcoming title in December 2016. However, the creative director revealed little else, including the possible release date for The Last of Us 2, though he did mention that the game is still during its early stages of development. But he did promise that there would be plenty more news to look forward to in the coming months, so stay tuned for future updates.
|The Last of Us||December, 2011||June 14, 2013|
|The Last of Us Part 2||December, 2016||2018 (tentative)|
By Druckmann’s own admission, Naughty Dog had started working on The Last of Us 2’s prototype in 2015, but it got stalled due to their last big project, Uncharted 4. But the latter has already been released earlier this year, making it very possible that the developers have since resumed the development process for The Last of Us 2. This leads us to believe that we may hear something official about The Last of US 2 Release Date by the end of 2017.
We already know that The Last of Us needed about four years to reach completion, so considering that full-fledged work on the next game has already begun, The Last of Us 2 may be launched sometime between 2020 or 2021 at the latest for the PS 4 and above.