The Last of Us was Naughty Dog’s 2013 smash hit, a PlayStation-only title with strong plotting, tough characters, and a soundtrack that stayed with you for days. Fans of the highly rated game will be happy to know that there’s more post-apocalyptic “fun” to be had. Naughty Dog has announced a sequel, The Last of Us 2.
In The Last of Us, Joel is a joyless smuggler who learns to care for a young girl named Ellie who he needs to shepherd from Austin to Colorado (and ultimately Salt Lake City). The game has zero sentimentality, and what it lacks in typical Naughty Dog (the company that made the Uncharted series) joie de vivre, it makes it up for in gritty realism.
It looks as if the enemies of the first game—the people infected with the cordyceps fungus who became de facto zombies—are taking a back seat to the new enemies: just plain people. And as we see in the trailer, Ellie has plans for them.
Below the trailer, we have a panel discussion, released by PlayStation. Sadly, Neil Druckmann, the director and writer of both games, it sheds little light as to who these enemies actually are.
"If the first game, the core of it, was about the love between these two characters and how we build that through story, music, interaction, gameplay mechanics, this story is the counter of that. This story is about hate…. And that’s all that I’m saying about that."
But Druckmann does reveal one important fact: We’ll get to play the game as an older, even more vengeful Ellie.
Currently, the game has no release date, but we'll let you know when you can expect Ellie to come for you.