Believe it or not, the first The Last of Us game was released way back in June 2013 - over five years ago. Luckily, The Last of Us Part 2 is on the horizon. Here’s everything we know so far!
The Last of Us captured the attention, and hearts, of millions of players around the world, with many saying that they have never felt so invested in a story before or since.
The developers at Naughty Dog have kept fans guessing about what’s coming next ever since the first chapter of Ellie and Joel’s story came to an end, but even the most patient are beginning to get restless as they wait for the next chapter.
There is no official release date for The Last of Us Part 2 yet, but most bets have it coming at the end of 2019 or the start of 2020.
The developers claimed that the game was over 50% finished back in December of 2017, and they’ve treated us to a number of trailers and gameplay videos, but there are rumors that it could be delayed.
One conspiracy theory is that the release will be delayed in order to coincide with the release of the PlayStation 5. If that proves to be true, 2020 is more likely than 2019.
Players of The Last of Us Part 1 got the chance to play the game through the eyes of both Joel and Ellie at times throughout the campaign.
While the developers have confirmed that Joel will still be a major character in Part 2, they have also claimed that Ellie will be the only character that we can play is.
Of course, we should take news like this with a pinch of salt. The developers have been keeping their cards close to their chest when it comes to the story of The Last of Us Part 2, so they may be keeping quiet about new characters, too.
Much like Part 1, Part 2 of The Last of Us will feature an AI companion that is by Ellie’s side throughout the story. Unfortunately, we have no idea who that will be yet.
"Well, so, Ellie used to be an NPC, but she’s the protagonist in this story, so the player is controlling Ellie. It’s safe to say with the game that we made in the past that there will be some NPC with you in this story, even though we’re not showing [the NPC] in this demo," Neil Druckmann, the director of The Last of Us franchise, told BuzzFeed.
“And our general approach is to say, again, ‘How do we treat them like people? How do we get them to behave honestly as those people? How do we give them interesting characteristics so that they can navigate the world, make meaningful actions, and surprise you in the way people do?'”
Other than the obvious fact that various zombies, including the Clickers, will still be scattered around the world, the various enemies in The Last of Us Part 2 still largely remain a mystery.
The folks at Naughty Dog have given us a sneak preview of one enemy group, though. The E3 gameplay demo showed that the Seraphites, a group of religious fanatics, will have a major role.
"They're super deadly, and the way that they communicate with each other with the whistles, they're able to coordinate with each other without revealing to the player exactly what they're doing,” Anthony Newman told Gamesrader. “So you can pay attention, but you're only kind of getting partial information about their plans. It makes them a lot creepier to deal with."
Everything that we’ve seen so far suggests that The Last of Us Part 2 will play very similarly to Part 1 with a few tweaks and quality of life improvements.
There are more options for sneaking around, like crawling under cars or through long grass, and there’s a visibility indicator that can be used to work out how easy you are to spot.
Combat has also received some upgrades, like a dedicated button for dodging and even more gruesome scenes of violence than the first chapter had. If you’re squeamish, this might not be the game for you.
If you want to play The Last of Us Part 2, you’ll need a PlayStation. It seems incredibly unlikely that Sony will allow it to be released on any other platform, especially considering the fact that Part 1 is many people’s go-to when the explain how PlayStation has been winning the exclusive titles war in recent years.
We expect that The Last of Us Part 2 will be released for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Whether you will have to wait longer to get your hands on the PlayStation 5 copy remains to be seen.