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How to play The Last of Us Part 2 early – demo date, Ellie Edition, more

Published: 11/Feb/2020 17:22 Updated: 12/Feb/2020 9:11

by Kamil Malinowski

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Naughty Dog have revealed a bunch of new The Last of Us Part 2 content for the run-up to the game’s release, including an Ellie special edition and how fans can get hands-on before launch. 

There’s absolutely no doubt that the next installment of the video game franchise is one of the most highly anticipated in 2020, with developers working towards a May 29 release date.

While fans had to wait a long time for launch details to be made available, not to mention a delay that saw the launch window pushed back a few months, more information has been revealed, and it’s looking amazing.

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The Last of Us Part 2 is just a few months away, but some fans will be able to try it early.

How to play The Last of Us Part 2 early

Fans of the game will be able to try an exclusive hands-on demo at PAX East 2020. The game returns to its iconic starting point of Boston, where not only the in-game story began, but also the first-ever demo was unveiled back in 2013.

PAX East attendees will have a chance to play the newest version of the game from February 27 – March 1, when an hour of content will be available for anyone visiting the Naughty Dog booth.

However, the American company has highlighted that there is limited space. So if you want to ensure you get a chance to try out TLOU 2 early, you should book a spot through Experience PlayStation mobile app.

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The Last of us Part 2 is one of the most anticipated games of 2020.

How to get The Last of Us 2 Ellie Edition

The fan-favorite ‘Ellie Edition’ of The Last of Us Part 2 quickly sold out in September and many have been asking Naughty Dog for a chance to purchase the special edition of the game.

It will finally become available again on February 13 at 6:00 AM PST (09:00 AM EST / 02:00 PM GMT) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart.com, Target, and EB Games at a whopping $229.99.

Of course, this will be well worth the price for many fans as it features a replica of Ellie’s backpack, an Ellie figurine, special soundtracks, art, pins, and more collectible goodies.

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The special Ellie Edition of The Last of Us Part 2 will contain a whole bunch of goodies.

How to get a free The Last of Us 2 PS4 Dynamic theme

Last but not least, Naughty Dog have decided to give everyone a little The Last of Us gift – a free dynamic theme.

To unlock the theme all you need to do is redeem a code in the PlayStation Store.

Americas: 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3

Europe/AU/NZ/Russia/Middle East/Africa/India: 9DEK-PKNG-N445

Rest of the World: More details are available via each country’s PlayStation social channels.

There’s more to come ahead of the release of The Last of Us Part 2 on May 29, so any fan of the game should keep their eyes peeled for exciting content.

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What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp

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Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*