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Joel voice actor Troy Baker responds to huge The Last of Us 2 spoilers

Published: 10/May/2020 15:23 Updated: 10/May/2020 15:26

by Joe Craven

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Troy Baker, the actor behind main protagonist Joel from The Last of Us, has responded to the huge leaks that revealed multiple plot points in Naughty Dog’s upcoming dystopian game. 


 

This article is spoiler free. 


Few games of the past decades have been as anticipated as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us 2. The first game chronicled the journey of Joel and Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States, and is often regarded as one of the finest single-player campaigns ever.

The acclaimed Californian studio confirmed the sequel back in 2016, but it has been hit by multiple delays. A June 2020 release date has finally been settled on, but monumental leaks then surfaced on the internet, spoiling the game for many.

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Trailers have indicated Ellie will be the sequel’s main character.

Naughty Dog and its studio lead Neil Druckmann have responded multiple times to the leaks, asking players to stick with them and avoid spoilers as best they can.

On May 9, Joel actor Troy Baker also broke his silence regarding the game’s leaks, explaining why he doesn’t think they matter.

“Oh dude, it doesn’t matter,” he said, during an Instagram Live Q&A. “Look, if you think that game [TLOU2] can be ruined by a couple of screenshots… really? A studio with thirty plus years of development, with so many awards under their belt they can’t even put them all in one trophy closet.”

 

Baker continued: “This is the biggest, most ambitious game they’ve ever done. You really think that that experience can be undone by a couple of screenshots? Think six years of development can be undone by that? It’s a game, it’s a game. You have to experience it. That’s all I’m gonna say.”

Essentially, Baker is arguing that the upcoming Naughty Dog title is so deep and engaging that some leaked screenshots do nothing to detract from the game’s impact and the level of enjoyment players will get from it.

Naughty Dog are indeed one of the most acclaimed game studios of all time, with nearly every title they’ve released receiving overwhelming critical praise. The Last of Us 2 is set to drop on PS4 on June 19, 2020, barring any further delays.

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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*