Update: After getting delayed due to the COVID-19 situation, The Last of Us 2 finally has a new release date set for June. We’ve updated the feature below to reflect this new information.
After The Last of Us Part II’s initial announcement, Sony has been fairly tight-lipped about the highly-anticipated sequel for several years. Both Sony and Naughty Dog have since kept their cards close to their chests, waiting for the right moment to drop more details about the game’s story and gameplay. However, in recent months, we’ve been hearing more about how the game will play, as well as more story details.
Though we’ve seen The Last of Us Part II in action–which was impressively crisp and responsive–there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about the follow-up to one of the PS3’s most acclaimed games. Story hints about what’s going on with a much-older Ellie (now the series’ protagonist) and her adopted father, Joel, so far have been cryptic, and details about what to expect from Naughty Dog’s world overrun by fungus-infected zombie-like monster-people. We do know that The Last of Us Part II is going to be violent and horrific, like the first game, as well as plenty emotional.
As you eagerly await The Last of Us Part II’s release this June, read on below to catch up on everything we know about it so far, including the characters we can expect to see, where Joel is, how combat works, and more. More details are sure to be revealed, so be sure to check back again as we update this feature in the coming months. If you know you want the game, check out our Last of Us 2 pre-order guide for a look at the Ellie Edition and more, or check out the new TLoU-themed merchandise on the way, including a nice 12-inch tall Ellie statue.
- Release Date
- You Play As Ellie
- Story, Setting, And Other Characters
- So Where’s Joel?
- How Combat Works And New Gameplay
- Tougher Enemies
- Creative Changes
- There Will Be No Multiplayer
- How Long Is It?
- How Do I Pre-Order?
The Last of Us Part II was is set to release on June 19 for PS4. After a tumultuous series of delays, we can finally breathe easy knowing that Naughty Dog’s highly-anticipated sequel won’t be much longer.
You Play As Ellie
In The Last of Us, you primarily played as Joel. In the sequel, you play as Ellie (voiced again by Ashley Johnson), and it seems that much of the game revolves around her. The reveal trailer from 2016, which shows an older Ellie playing guitar and singing in a house filled with fresh corpses, ends with her vowing to kill “every last one.” It’s unclear who she’s possibly referring to, but we’d like to think it’s one of the major lingering survivor groups still make a mess in the world. who were shown in a previous trailer. That comes through in the gameplay we’ve seen, with Ellie performing brutal takedowns on them fueled by anger. It’s safe to assume that, like its predecessor, The Last of Us Part II’s setting will be quite unsettling–something Naughty Dog says is completely intentional.
Writer/director Neil Druckmann confirmed that Ellie will have an NPC companion in the game, though he didn’t specify who or in what context. “Well, so, Ellie used to be an NPC, but she’s the protagonist in this story, so the player is controlling Ellie,” he said. “It’s safe to say with the game that we made in the past that there will be some NPC with you in this story, even though we’re not showing [the NPC] in this demo.” If the new trailer if anything to go off of, we’re guessing you’ll be accompanied by a rotating roster of multiple characters as the story goes on.
Story, Setting, And Other Characters
Like the original, The Last of Us Part II is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which you have to fight both humans and zombie-like creatures infected with the Cordyceps fungus. It’s set sometime after the events of the first game; Ellie is now 19 and, according to Neil Druckmann, she has found “a semblance of peace and normality” following the horrific events of the original. We also know that a large part of the game takes place in Seattle (and not Wyoming, where Joel and Ellie were headed at the end of the first game) and that the theme of this game is hate (whereas the first game’s primary theme was love).
A vague but intriguing story detail came during PSX 2017. Druckmann said of writer Halley Gross (Westworld), “After her first day, Halley goes home and says to her husband, ‘I think I got someone pregnant.’ And you’ll see what that means [in The Last Of Us: Part II].”
The E3 2018 trailer introduced us to two more characters: Dina, played by Westworld actress Shannon Woodward, who kisses Ellie, and Jesse, who seems to be Dina’s ex and mentions Ellie’s “old man.” It sounds like Jesse and Ellie both work for the settlement by going out on patrols, which could be an indication of her role there, the kind of company she keeps, and how her life has developed since her road trip with Joel.
Another notable character showing up in the sequel is Tommy, Joel’s brother, who appeared in the original game. He seems to be worried about Ellie’s thirst for vengeance and warns her about trying to take on such an endeavor purely by herself.
Recently, plot details for The Last of Us 2 have leaked online, and Naughty Dog has issued a statement urging fans to avoid spoilers and refrain from spreading them. So stay safe and be mindful when searching for details about the game online.
So Where’s Joel?
Joel has been largely absent from everything we’ve seen of The Last of Us Part II; while he appeared in the reveal trailer, he was not present in the subsequent trailer or the gameplay we saw at E3 2018. However, he was shown in his fully aged and grizzled nature in the State of Play trailer, which you can see in the trailer at the top of the page.
Actor Troy Baker is reprising his role and it appears he will be accompanying Ellie on her quest for vengeance. When asked if Joel dies, Druckmann teased that “no one is safe” in The Last of Us Part II, not even Joel and Ellie.
How Combat Works And New Gameplay
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