The Last of Us

The Last of Us Part 2’s official age rating drops story hints

Published: 3/Feb/2020 16:03

by David Purcell


The Last of Us Part 2 has finally been given its official age rating, revealing just what’s in store for Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated story mode. 

It’s been an excruciating wait for fans of the franchise, with the original zombie survival game being released back in 2013, and now developers have confirmed that they’re working towards a May 29 release date.

Gameplay and cinematic trailers have given the game’s online community something to sink their teeth into so far, revealing elements of missions that have been cherrypicked to be revealed (but not reveal a lot about the story itself). Now, we have finally found out just how graphic this sequel is going to be.

The Last of Us Part 2 screenshot


According to the game’s official section on the PlayStation website, the Entertainment Software Rating Board has given it the big “M” for mature audiences, stating that the game includes: “Blood and gore, intense violence, nudity, sexual content, strong language [and] use of drugs.” People under 16 will not be admitted to play it, without a parent or guardian around.

Gameplay that we’ve seen so far for the project have shown off a number of different scenes, including characters creeping around in the darkness, Ellie intimately kissing another girl, and some fighting scenes as well.

In appears that there’s a lot more where that came from, too, based on that description from the ESRB. This would be the first time that Naughty Dog have used “sexual content” in the series, but the same can’t be said about violence, blood, and gore as it was prevalent in the first game.


The Last of Us Part 2 gameplay trailer

While details about storylines have been largely kept under wraps so far, we do know that main characters Ellie and Joel are confirmed, as well as the fact that it will take place five years after the original story.

Battling through the infected and antagonist group, the Seraphites, is going to make up elements of the campaign, but it appears that Ellie’s journey this time is actually based around hate, which could explain how we get to some of the more violent scenes this time around.


As we look forward to that long-awaited release date, it’s worth noting that the game will be a PlayStation exclusive and will be released on the PS4.

There has been no confirmation just yet about a remastered version appearing on the PS5, but if the game is anywhere near as successful as the original, we’re sure it won’t be long until something like that appears on next-gen as well. Based on this age rating, things are about to get interesting.

The Last of Us

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


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*