The Last of Us Part II

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The Last of Us Part II
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Developer(s) Naughty Dog
Publisher(s) Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director(s)
Designer(s)
  • Emilia Schatz
  • Richard Cambier
Writer(s)
  • Neil Druckmann
  • Halley Gross
Composer(s) Gustavo Santaolalla
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Genre(s) Action-adventure, survival horror
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

The Last of Us Part II is an upcoming action-adventure survival horror video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4. It serves as the sequel to 2013's The Last of Us. It was announced at the PlayStation Experience event in December 2016.

Development[edit]

Development of The Last of Us Part II began in 2014. Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson reprise their roles as Joel and Ellie, respectively. The story is written by Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross.[1][2] Gustavo Santaolalla returns to compose and perform the score.[3] Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau are game directors;[4] Bruce Straley, game director on The Last of Us, left Naughty Dog in 2017.[5][6] The game will feature multiplayer.[7]

The Last of Us Part II was announced at the PlayStation Experience event on December 3, 2016.[8][9] The first trailer revealed the return of Ellie and Joel, whose story takes place five years after the first game; players control Ellie. Whereas the first game centers on love, Druckmann stated Part II centers on hate.[10] Motion capture began in 2017.[citation needed]

The second trailer was released on October 30, 2017, as part of Paris Games Week. It revealed four new characters: Yara (played by Victoria Grace), Lev (Ian Alexander), Emily (Emily Swallow), and an unnamed character played by Laura Bailey.[11] Druckmann stated that the characters "are integral to [Ellie and Joel's] next journey".[12] The game was featured at Sony's E3 event on June 11, 2018.[13][14]

Reception[edit]

In January 2017, PlayStation Blog awarded The Last of Us Part II in the category of Most Anticipated Game of the Year.[15] Later that year, it won Most Wanted Game at the Golden Joystick Awards,[16] and Most Anticipated Game at The Game Awards.[17] On July 2, 2018 the game was awarded in the category of Special Commendation for Graphics and Sound at the Game Critics Awards.[18] While the game's second trailer was mostly well received,[19] it drew some criticism for its violence.[20] Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, defended the trailer, stating that the game is "made by adults to be played by adults".[21] Druckmann explained: "We’re making a game about the cycle of violence and we’re making a statement about violent actions and the impact they have .. [the idea] was for the player to feel repulsed by some of the violence they are committing themselves."[22]

The cutscene featured in the 2018 E3 presentation in which Ellie kisses another woman, Dina (Shannon Woodward), was noted for its accomplishment in making a kiss – traditionally difficult to animate – come across as passionate and believable.[23][24] Critics also praised the improved graphics, enemies' AI, and combat.[25][26][27][28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Boatman, Brandon (April 15, 2017). "The Last of Us Part II MoCap Has Begun Shooting". Hardcore Gamer. 
  3. ^ Pereira, Chris (December 3, 2016). "In The Last of Us: Part 2, You Play as Ellie". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ Wells, Evan (March 9, 2018). "An Update from Studio President Evan Wells". Naughty Dog. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Archived from the original on March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  5. ^ Makuch, Eddie (December 4, 2016). "The Last of Us 2: Bruce Straley Not Returning to Direct". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Brightman, James (September 13, 2017). "Naughty Dog's Bruce Straley leaves the studio". Gamesindustry.biz. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ Dayus, Oscar (June 13, 2018). "The Last Of Us: Part 2 Will Have Multiplayer, Naughty Dog Confirms At E3 2018". GameSpot. Retrieved June 13, 2018. 
  8. ^ Druckmann, Neil (December 3, 2016). "The Last of Us Part II". PlayStation Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (December 3, 2016). "The Last of Us Part 2 Announced". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ Robinson, Martin (December 3, 2016). "Ellie is the lead character in The Last of Us Part 2". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ Osborn, Alex (October 30, 2017). "The Last of Us 2 Voice Cast Revealed". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on October 30, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  12. ^ Druckmann, Neil (October 30, 2017). "The Last of Us Part II – Another Piece of the Puzzle". PlayStation Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 30, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  13. ^ Moyse, Chris (May 22, 2018). "Naughty Dog tweet teases The Last of Us Part II reveal at E3". Destructoid. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  14. ^ Pereira, Chris (June 4, 2018). "E3 2018 Press Conference Schedule -- Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, And More". GameSpot. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  15. ^ Massongill, Justin (January 12, 2017). "The Winners: PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year 2016". PlayStation Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017. 
  16. ^ Chalk, Andy (November 17, 2017). "Here are your 2017 Golden Joystick Award winners". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. 
  17. ^ Makuch, Eddie (December 7, 2017). "All The 2017 Game Awards Winners Revealed". GameSpot. Archived from the original on December 7, 2017. 
  18. ^ Ashaari, Alleef (July 2, 2018). "PlayStation and PS4 Won E3 2018, According to Game Critics Awards". Game Revolution. Retrieved July 4, 2018. 
  19. ^ Saed, Sherif (October 30, 2017). "The Last of Us Part 2 trailer is maybe the best thing shown today – watch it here". VG247. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  20. ^ Dwan, Hannah (October 30, 2017). "The Last of Us Part 2's Paris Games Week trailer is a brutally violent introduction". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  21. ^ Silver, Dan (October 31, 2017). "PlayStation defends domestic abuse in trailers: "A game made by adults, to be played by adults"". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  22. ^ Totilo, Stephen. "We Talked To The Last Of Us Part II's Director About The Game's Violence (And More Treacherous Stealth)". Kotaku. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 
  23. ^ Plunkett, Luke (12 June 2018). "A Kiss Has Been One Of The Stars Of 2018". Kotaku. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  24. ^ "Naughty Dog explains how it made that Last of Us II kiss look so real". The Verge. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  25. ^ "First 'The Last of Us: Part II' gameplay shows off refined combat". Engadget. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Sony's The Last Of Us Part 2 Gameplay Trailer Is A Stunning PS4 Showcase". HotHardware. HotHardware. 2018-06-12. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  27. ^ "E3 2018: The Last of Us Part II stunning gameplay footage revealed". App Trigger. June 11, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2018. 
  28. ^ "The Last of Us Part II Gameplay Reveal at E3 2018". Fextralife. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2018-06-18. 

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