The Last of Us: Part Two – What we know so far

One of the biggest surprises during the PlayStation Experience Showcase this weekend was the reveal of The Last of Us: Part Two, the sequel to 2013’s incredible The Last of Us. The teaser shown focused on Ellie singing and playing guitar, bloodied hands and clothes, in a dilapidated house somewhere in a forest. Joel shows up, walking through the house that’s strewn with a couple of dead bodies, finds Ellie and asks her if she’s “really going to go through with this,” we’re not sure what “this” is but she responds that she’s “going to find and kill every last one of them.”
The surprise trailer was followed later in the day by a surprise panel moderated by Game Informer’s Andy McNamara focusing on the game featuring Naughty Dog creative director and writer Neil Druckmann, and voice actors Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie).

Of course, everyone was tight lipped on what was to come for the new game, but here’s what we learned.

Druckmann said the game takes place six years after the events of The Last of Us and that Ellie is now 19 years old. Although her and Joel are still together, most of the game you will be controlling Ellie this time. Ellie will control differently than Joel but don’t get it twisted, she’s been through a lot the past six years, as you can probably tell from the trailer.

Druckmann also said while the theme of The Last of Us was mainly about the love and care between two characters, The Last of Us: Part Two, is the opposite and focuses on hate. Druckmann wouldn’t go further than that. He also implored the audience to trust him and Naughty Dog with the game because they wouldn’t have even thought about approaching a sequel unless they had the right story. He admitted they toyed around with the idea of different or new characters to star in a Last of Us sequel, but they couldn’t imagine doing that. The Last of Us is about Joel and Ellie.

Regarding the trailer, Johnson is actually singing as Ellie. Johnson explained that Druckmann reached out her about singing in the game and although she was nervous, she pulled it off. There was one problem, though. Druckmann said it was TOO good, so they brought in a singing coach to have Johnson bring it down a bit to a closer fit to Ellie’s character. The overall score of the game will be composed by Gustavo Santaolalla once again, who also scored The Last of Us.

On the technical side, Druckmann explained that the performance capture process and character model creation is the most advanced that he’s ever worked with, so expect some of the best visuals Naughty Dog has ever done.

Watch the full panel below: