The Last Of Us Part II Is Shaping Up To Be The Feelsiest Game Of 2020

25 September 2019
Gear, Gaming, PlayStation, The Last Of Us: Part II, TLOU
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Ellie and Joel are back to tell an even more brutal story than before

It's hard to overstate just how good of a game TLOU was. Perhaps one of the best Zombie stories told in any medium and acted out by an incredible cast of both voice and motion capture artists, Naughty Dog's action-adventure was genuinely groundbreaking in defining the way video games could be used as a medium to tell captivating, emotionally-draining stories.

Finally, having been unveiled in 2016 and previewed at E3 last year, Part II is on its way, and Naughty Dog have not only unveiled the much-awaited game's release date, but a full-length trailer for it too.

Part II of The Last of Us finds the first game's chief protagonist Ellie grown up and in a relationship with Dina, played by Westworld actress Shannon Woodward, working as something of a zombie hunter in the remote town of Jackson, Wyoming.

However after a patrol goes wrong, she comes into contact with a mysterious armed cult who seemingly kill Ellie's lover, sending her on a cross-country mission of revenge. Driven by hate, she eventually reaches an overgrown Seattle. At some point, the other protagonist of the first game, Joel, makes his return as well.

Naughty Dog have beefed up the cast of the game considerably, with The Mandalorian's Emily Swallow andThe OA's Ian Alexander both playing parts. The story of the game will be penned by both Neil Druckmann, who wrote the original (along with Uncharted 4) and Halley Gross, who penned some of Westworld.

A deeply violent game, it's believed to be far more brutal than its already full-on predecessor — something that drew the game a fair amount of criticism when it was first revealed at E3 2018. The game's creators have since defended the direction the series has gone in. "We’re making a game about the cycle of violence and we’re making a statement about violent actions and the impact they have ... [the idea] was for the player to feel repulsed by some of the violence they are committing themselves," Druckmann said.

Ultimately, clarified Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe president Jim Ryan, it's a game "made by adults to be played by adults." As with the first, it'll also involve some kind of multiplayer mode.

If you're on board, The Last Of Us, Part II is set to drop on February 21, 2020. In more gaming news, this is how Louis Vuitton x League Of Legends became a thing.

Via GQ Australia