The Last of Us consisted of the rough-around-the-edges Joel escorting the young Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States, battling not only zombie-like creatures but human enemies too. It was one of the most critically-acclaimed games released on the PlayStation 3, and won over 240 “Game of the Year” awards along with a host of others. In fact, it was so popular that it was remastered and re-released for the PlayStation 4.
Here, we discuss everything we know so far about The Last of Us 2 and why it's one of our most anticipated games, including release date rumours, gameplay, platforms and the latest trailers.
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When is The Last of Us 2 coming out?
Developer Naughty Dog confirmed at PSX 2016 (and in this blog post) that the sequel is in production. That was two years ago, and it seems as if development is going well - if Troy Baker and Nolan North are anything to go by.
Despite not hearing anything official from Sony or Naughty Dog about the progress of TLOU2 development, two lead voice actors in the upcoming game dropped a hint at the MCM Comic Con in Birmingham in March 2018. When broadly speaking about The Last of Us 2, Baker provided a little bit of insight as to how the development is going.
Baker briefly discusses Naughty Dog's game development philosophy and mentions that the game's story is coming along fantastically before going on to reveal that the company recently ran a playtest for the game that he says looked "awesome".
Of course Baker will sing the game's praises as one of the main voice actors involved, but it's always nice to have confirmation. And the fact that Naughty Dog is already running playtests for the game suggests that development could be further along than many assume, and we think we could possibly even see it before the end of 2018.
You can pre-order the game from Amazon for £48. It's a PS4 exclusive, so you'll need to own one if you want to play the game.
What can I expect from The Last of Us 2?
In the trailer at the top of this page very little is given away. An adult Ellie - dripping with blood and with a bruised and bloodied hand - sits next to a corpse playing a soulful tune on the guitar, interspersing sections from Psalm 23 with her own lyrics, saying she can't be on the side of the right because she's wrong.
Joel appears and asks if she will go through with her plan and she responds with, "I'm gonna find and I'm gonna kill every last one of them."
We also got a look at The Last Of Us Part 2 at Paris Games Week 2017, though the graphic video (seen below) gave away little and featured none of the main characters. Some suggest the woman hanged in the tree could be Ellie's mother. Be warned: it's difficult to watch.
In its description, Naughty Dog simply said: "At its core, The Last of Us Part II is still very much about Ellie and Joel, but for this reveal, we wanted to showcase several new characters that are integral to their next journey. We’re sure you have many questions after watching this scene. We’re also pretty sure that we’re going to see all sorts of theories about whom these characters are, where and when this scene takes place, and how all of this fits into Ellie and Joel’s next story. For now, we’re keeping mum, but we’re excited to see what y’all make of this piece of the puzzle."
And with the reveal of another gameplay video at E3 2018, it seems the ultra-gory gameplay is here to stay. While the scene starts at a small celebration and a kiss, it quickly transitions into one of the goriest gameplay trailers we've seen at E3. From brutally carving an enemy's neck to watching somebody get gutted and hanged, the shock factor is definitely there.
There's much more than that in the trailer though; it gives us a good look at how the environment has changed since the first game, and also gives us a solid look at combat. The combat looks smooth and natural, with enemies responding to your hits in realistic fashion. The environment seems to react correctly too, with items falling off shelving units when hit or with tall grass gently blowing in the wind.
Essentially, it has got us very excited about TLOU2, and we recommend that you watch the trailer below.
The Last of Us 2: Videos
Here we'll collect all the Last of Us 2 trailers and videos.
Nolan North 'confirmed' The Last of Us 2 is currently in production at Metrocon 2015 (around the 1:06:25 mark):
Here's where you can watch the ultra-gory E3 2018 gameplay reveal: