The first The Last of Us game was released way back in June 2013, almost six years ago, and we now know that The Last of Us Part 2 will finally arrive in 2020. Here's everything you need to know about the highly anticipated game!
To say that fans of this franchise had to be patient for a release date would be an incredible understatement, as Naughty Dog remained tight-lipped about sharing information on the project since it was first revealed at E3 2018.
However, much to the delight of players around the world, during the September 2019 PlayStation State of Play stream, developers presented their final trailer along with that elusive launch window people had been longing for.
Sony have officially announced The Last of Us 2 will release on February 21, 2020, debunking previous rumors that slated it for a 2019 launch.
During the State of Play presentation, they also gave fans what appears to be the final trailer before it hits the shelves. Finally, a Joel sighting.
Not all suggestions regarding the release date were proven to be false, though, as Kotaku's news editor Jason Schreier had previously stated that it was being pushed back to 2020 - and indeed it looks to have been.
Of course, the State of Play trailer isn't the only one to have been revealed for the second chapter of The Last of Us. As we noted earlier, there was a gameplay trailer showcased at E3 2018, which featured a good look at what the missions in-game are going to look and feel like as well.
Aside from that, there's also the reveal trailer for fans to take a look at as well, which can be found below.
There are countless details to spot in terms of differences between the original and upcoming title, including Ellie becoming a whole lot older, but that was always going to be expected.
Now that the PlayStation 5 has been confirmed to be coming in 2020 by Sony, it begs the question as to whether or not the new TLOU game will be available on the next-gen platform.
Previous rumors and leaks had hinted towards the game coming out solely on the new console and skipping right past the PlayStation 4.
Although, now we know the release date for the game and it's more than likely coming considerably earlier than the console - meaning that we're probably going to get a remastered version at some point, just like we've seen in the past. The initial release, however, looks certain to be on PS4.
For those interested in the official soundtrack for the game, a composer that's been working on the project, Gustavo Santaolalla, posted a sneak peak of the game's music onto social media platform Instagram.
While the first installment of the Last of Us had an incredibly impressive single-player story, the multiplayer aspect proved pretty popular too.
At E3 2018, game directors confirmed that Factions multiplayer would be returning. However, players have since uncovered that the recently released Sony 'Day of Play' box says there will not be multiplayer support for the game.
For a long time Joel was nowhere to be seen. Following the dramatic finish of the original game, ending on a lie, there was always going to be the possibility that one of the two main characters - Joel or Ellie - could be omitted from the next title.
Having seen the brand new State of Play trailer, however, it's clear that the two figures will play a role in the game and are seemingly both playable as well.
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 might be keeping a few surprises under wraps until the finished article finally emerges.
Other reports suggest that Naughty Dog has actually been using motion capture equipment on a number of real dogs, which would presumably be brought to life in the game.
Whether or not there will be a playable mission with a canine remains to be seen, but it's unlikely. Chances are, we'll just see them wondering around the post-apocalyptic world in the wild.
Other than the obvious fact that various zombies, including Clickers, will still be scattered around the world, the enemies in The Last of Us Part 2 still largely remain a mystery.
However, judging by the trailers and snippets of the game we've been given already - particularly the State of Play trailer, it looks as if the enemies are far greater this time around. A serious human threat appears to have emerged.
We already know that the Seraphites, a group of religious fanatics, will have a major role. Speaking about them with Gamesradar, Anthony Newman said: "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."
"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."
We've got all of that to look forward to.
So, there you have it! That's pretty much everything you need to know about The Last of Us Part 2 and while Naughty Dog have been very secretive about their next major game throughout 2019, 2020 is going to be a landmark year for the franchise - without doubt!
This article was last updated on October 9, 05:44 AM (EST).
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