The Last of Us Part II

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The Last of Us Part II
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Box art featuring Ellie
Developer(s)Naughty Dog
Publisher(s)Sony Interactive Entertainment
Director(s)
Designer(s)
  • Emilia Schatz
  • Richard Cambier
Writer(s)
Composer(s)Gustavo Santaolalla
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
ReleaseMay 29, 2020
Genre(s)Action-adventure, survival horror
Mode(s)Single-player

The Last of Us Part II is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. Set five years after the events of The Last of Us (2013), players control 19-year-old Ellie, who comes into conflict with a mysterious cult in a post-apocalyptic United States. The Last of Us Part II is played from a third-person perspective. Players use firearms and improvised weapons and can use stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus. The game was announced in December 2016 and is scheduled for release on May 29, 2020.

Gameplay[edit]

The Last of Us Part II is an upcoming action-adventure survival horror game and played from the third-person perspective.[1][2] Players can use firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus. The gameplay mechanics in Part II have also expanded upon its predecessor, The Last of Us. In Part II the player character can traverse the environment further by being able to reach higher vantage points by jumping and climbing whilst playing as the more nimble Ellie.[3] Players can also crawl in prone to evade hostile enemies.[3] Part II also sees the return of "Listen Mode" allowing players to locate enemies through a heightened sense of hearing and spatial awareness, indicated as outlines visible through walls and objects.[3] Additionally, players can collect supplements to upgrade skills in a skill tree.[3] The three main branches of the tree are Survival, Crafting, and Stealth.[3] Survival upgrades improve health, Listen Mode's range, and throw distance.[3] Crafting upgrades allow for melee upgrades, increase to Ellie's crafting speed, and the ability to craft smoke and stun bombs.[3] Stealth upgrades improve prone movement speed, speeds up stealth kills, and unlocks pistol silencers.[3] Part II also introduces guard dogs which can track the player character's scent.[3]

Development[edit]

Baker and Johnson reprise their roles as Joel and Ellie respectively

Development of The Last of Us Part II began in 2014, soon after the release of The Last of Us Remastered.[4] Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson reprise their roles as Joel and Ellie, respectively. The story is written by Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross.[5][6] Druckmann is also the creative director, reprising his position from The Last of Us;[7] Bruce Straley, game director on the original game, left Naughty Dog in 2017.[8][9] Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau were selected to be game directors for Part II;[10] Newman was previously the melee combat designer for The Last of Us, and Margenau was game director on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.[11] Gustavo Santaolalla returns to compose and perform the score.[12] Plans for multiplayer were cancelled because resources were shifted to improving the scale of the game.[13] Naughty Dog stated that The Last of Us Part II was the longest game they had made.[14]

Druckmann and Santaolalla reprise their roles as creative director and composer respectively

The Last of Us Part II was announced at the PlayStation Experience event in December 2016.[15] The first trailer revealed the return of Ellie and Joel, whose story takes place five years after the first game. Players control a 19-year-old Ellie; Joel was the primary playable character of the first game, but Ellie was also playable in some sections. Whereas the first game centers on love, Druckmann stated Part II centers on hate.[16] Motion capture began in 2017.[6]

The second trailer was released in October 2017 as a 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.[17] Druckmann stated that the characters "are integral to [Ellie and Joel's] next journey".[18] The game was featured at Sony's E3 2018 event.[19] Another trailer was featured in the State of Play, a presentation concerning upcoming PlayStation games, in September 2019. It revealed a release date of February 21, 2020.[20] In October 2019, Druckmann announced the game had been delayed to May 29, 2020.[21]

Release[edit]

The game will release in four editions: standard, special, collector's, and an Ellie edition. Different editions come with various collector items as well as items and unlocked abilities in the game, as well as a bonus for pre-ordering the game.[22]

Reception[edit]

While the second trailer was mostly well-received,[23] it drew some criticism for its violence.[24] Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe president Jim Ryan defended the trailer, saying the game is "made by adults to be played by adults".[25] 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."[26]

The cutscene featured in the 2018 E3 presentation in which Ellie kisses another woman, Dina (Shannon Woodward), was praised for making a kiss—frequently considered to be difficult to animate—passionate and believable.[27][28] Critics also praised the improved graphics, enemy AI, and combat.[29]

Awards[edit]

In 2017, The Last of Us Part II was named Most Anticipated Game of the Year from PlayStation Blog,[30] Most Wanted Game at the Golden Joystick Awards,[31] and Most Anticipated Game at The Game Awards;[32] in 2018, it was awarded Most Anticipated Game at the Gamers' Choice Awards,[33] and nominated for Most Wanted Game at the Golden Joystick Awards.[34] It received Special Commendations for Graphics[a] and Sound at the Game Critics Awards in July 2018.[35]

Date Award Category Result Ref.
January 1, 2017 PlayStation Blog Most Anticipated Game Platinum [30]
November 17, 2017 Golden Joystick Awards Most Wanted Game Won [31]
December 7, 2017 The Game Awards Most Anticipated Game Won [32]
July 2, 2018 Game Critics Awards Special Commendation for Graphics Won[a] [35]
Special Commendation for Sound Won [35]
November 16, 2018 Golden Joystick Awards Most Wanted Game Nominated [34]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Also awarded to Cyberpunk 2077 and Ghost of Tsushima.[35]

References[edit]

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