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The Last of Us 2 next gameplay stream revealed

Published: 20/Sep/2019 15:23 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 15:32

by David Purcell

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The Last of Us Part 2 is getting what could be its final gameplay stream ahead of its release and it’s right around the corner. 

Fans of the popular zombie survival game have been waiting patiently (well, not everyone) for a long time now for a release date to finally be confirmed for the franchise’s next installment. 

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While that’s still yet to be confirmed, some three years after first unveiling the project was in development, the fanbase has been handed the next big thing as a new gameplay stream has been announced. 

naughty dogThere’s also a cryptic teaser with this announcement, but we’re not sure what character it’s referring to.

The news was confirmed by the official The Last of Us Twitter account on September 20, dropping a fresh teaser for the upcoming PlayStation State of Play event – revealing that the game will indeed feature. 

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There was even a brief cryptic teaser to come with it, too, saying: “I’m gonna find…and I’m gonna kill…every last one of them.” What character is saying that remains to be seen. 

Of course, the last time we saw gameplay from the game was back in 2018 at the E3 trade fair, so this is naturally exciting news for players.

The State of Play livestream for The Last of Us 2 will commence on September 24 and will start at 1pm PT (9pm BST, 4pm EST, and 6am AEST on September 25). 

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Naughty Dog’s tweet also confirms previous leaks and rumors that more gameplay would be shown at the event, which was posted to both 4Chan and NeoGaf in August. Those posts also suggested that the game could well be saved until the release of the PlayStation 4. 

“It has also encountered considerable delays at the same time, mainly due to greater work on the technical side of the software for textures and frame rates, to favor in particular the technical upgrade that will be given by the new hardware features of PS5,” the post to 4Chan states. 

That much is unconfirmed, though, at the time of writing, but we could get more clarity on those rumors during the State of Play itself. 

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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*