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The Last Of Us Is Finally Getting A Sequel And It Looks Fucking Incredible

The Last Of Us Part II

There are two types of people in this world: those who think The Last Of Us is the greatest console game ever made, and those who don’t really need to share their opinions on much surrounding pop culture (y’know because they’re dead wrong).

The iconic PlayStation 3 exclusive debuted in 2013 to unprecedented acclaim – time and time over, it’s been labeled the defining title of the seventh console generation, and prior to its PS4 re-release the following year, racked up over 200 Game Of The Year awards. There’s good reason for it, too: the game is simply phenomenal. It’s dark, gruelling and emotionally twisted, and yet, all the while insanely fun. And of course, after the response it ruptured, a sequel was all but inevitable.

Naughty Dog officially announced The Last Of Us Part II at the 2016 PlayStation Experience over the weekend, re-introducing us to our heroine, Ellie, and her accomplice, Joel with a four-minute teaser of in-engine footage. The trailer shows off some bright (albeit dilapidated) scenery, gored enemies and our now-adult protagonist in all of her incredibly detailed beauty.

As explained by director Neil Druckmann, The Last Of Us Part II will see players explore as Ellie, rather than Joel (though players did have a brief swing as her in the OG title), with five years separating the two chapters – making Ellie aged 19 this time around. As for the title, Druckmann says the ‘Part II’ subtitle is crucial to the game’s direction, drawing focus to the complementary nature of the narrative when stacked up with its predecessor.

Story details are thin as of yet, though Druckmann singled out the contrast between The Last Of Us and Part II by stating that while the original title is about the love and personal connections forged along Joel and Ellie’s adventure, its sequel focuses more on the seething hatred that flows through an older, more weathered Ellie.

And the release date? Naughty Dog are refusing to say anything just yet – they are, after all, known well for their delays – but we’re placing our bets on a late-2018 or early-2019 release, with plenty of E3 and PSX hype to coast us along. In the meantime, we should get our hands on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – which was also announced over the weekend – pretty soon!

Suss the first in-engine trailer for The Last Of Us Part II below!

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