You learn that proper: The Final of Us 2 is nearing the tip of improvement and shall be in our palms in 2020.
As endings go, The Final of Us’s was fairly conclusive. However because it seems, that hasn’t stopped The Final of Us developer Naughty Canine from cranking out a sequel within the type of The Final of Us 2 – or, The Final of Us: Half 2 if we’re utilizing its correct identify.
Given the primary sport was hailed by gamers and critics alike as a masterpiece with glorious, emotional storytelling and interesting, life like characters, we have now to confess that the choice to launch a follow-up is not notably stunning. We would most likely have been extra shocked if there wasn’t one. And but, when The Final of Us 2 was first introduced, we might be mendacity if we mentioned our hearts did not skip a beat.
The Final of Us 2 was first introduced by Naughty Canine at PlayStation Expertise in 2016 alongside a teaser trailer nevertheless it wasn’t till September 2019 that we had been lastly informed the sport’s launch date throughout a State of Play livestream. Now we all know for certain that we’ll be becoming a member of Ellie on her subsequent journey in February 2020.
UPDATE: Neil Druckmann has teased that there are some parallels between The Final of Us and The Final of Us Half 2. Learn on to search out out extra!
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? The sequel to the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic sport The Final of Us
- When can I play it? Could 29, 2020
- What can I play it on? PlayStation 4
The Last of Us 2 trailers
The most recent trailer for The Last of Us 2 is also its release date announcement trailer. Shown during the September 2019 State of Play stream, it confirms the game will be coming on February 21 2020 and shows Ellie in action as well as a glimpse at Joel.
The Last of Us 2 was shown during E3 2018. This trailer finally gives us a look at Ellie in an intimate scene before cutting away to some of the brutal but stealth-based combat we can expect to see in the game when it’s launched.
The gameplay sequence gives us a look at Ellie fighting for her life in the wild. Success in a fight appears to require the right balance between stealth and all out attack as damage seems to have a more realistic impact. Ellie can move quietly between areas, taking weapons from bodies and crafting, before bursting out and taking down her enemies. It’s a different creature in many ways to the original The Last of Us but it looks like something to look forward to, with more advanced enemies to challenge us and more complex gameplay to thrill us.
See the gameplay for yourself below.
The Last of Us Part 2 had another trailer drop during PSX 2017. During a panel it was confirmed that the game will be set in the city of Seattle and the darker themes we know are coming were touched upon. You can watch the panel for yourself below:
Another trailer for the game was shown at Sony’s press conference during the 2017 Paris Games Week. This trailer is around 5 minutes long, focusing on conflicts between the human factions in the game. It shows part 2 is going to have a dark story, perhaps even darker than the first, and the trailer is fairly harrowing to watch.
Visually impressive though it is, do note that it’s gory before you watch it for yourself below.
The first look at The Last of Us 2 came with its announcement at PlayStation Experience in 2016. Despite the fact that the game was early in development, the trailer showed a full (non-gameplay) scene that features both Ellie and Joel. You can watch it below:
The Last of Us 2 release date
After hoping, praying and speculating we finally got confirmation during the September 2019 State of Play that The Last of Us 2 will be released on February 21 2020.
The Last of Us Part II has a new release date. Here’s a letter to our fans. Apologies for the delay. Please know we’re working very hard to make it worthwhile. https://t.co/iJyhXpuUoaOctober 24, 2019
What we all know to date
Followers have been noticing some neat visible parallels between The Final of Us and The Final of Us 2. And Artistic Director Neil Druckmann has been noticing this noticing. Choosing up on a latest tweet evaluating the start and finish scenes from each video games, Druckmann identified that these will not be the one parallels.
It is a teasing remark that is left many followers asking for extra data and a few are theorising that there may very well be narrative and visible parallels between the video games. Regardless, those that loved the unique sport are probably going to be comfortable to see any nod of acknowledgement which can tie the titles collectively in a extra significant means.
Not the one parallel between the 2 video games. 😉 https://t.co/Fc2orTJ5jaDecember 16, 2019
New job listings
Naughty Canine has posted a mysterious job listing lately for a web based techniques programmer for a brand new on-line expertise. Whereas the itemizing would not element which sport the individual shall be engaged on, there are of course some rumors milling round that it may very well be for a web based expertise associated to The Final of Us 2, although there’s an argument to be made for an additional Uncharted instalment.
A number of months in the past, Naughty Canine confirmed that The Final of Us 2 will not launch with a web based mode resulting from a want to utterly give attention to the sport’s substantial single-player story. Nevertheless, it was added that one thing could be coming finally and individually from the primary sport. We cannot know for sure what sport this on-line mission is expounded to nevertheless it’s thrilling to see that one thing is within the works.
Halley Gross Interview
Narrative Lead and Co-Author of The Final of Us 2, Halley Gross, has been speaking to Official PlayStation Journal (through Wccftech) about working at Naughty Canine and writing the character of Ellie.
Within the interview, Gross praised her colleagues at Naughty Canine as “wizards” and mentioned that they are working collectively to “take advantage of advanced, nuanced character in a videogame”. This character is undoubtedly Ellie who Gross touches on later within the interview.
Ellie, Gross explains, is a traumatised character on a “mission for justice” who’s, general, “pushed by love” for different characters like Joel and Dina.
In response to Gross, the narrative is about seeing who Ellie “can change into when she grows up in such a hostile surroundings.” This, sadly, means placing Ellie in troublesome conditions which can take a look at her values and her drive: “whereas we love Ellie, and we’re actually excited to see her develop up, we’re definitely not going to coddle her”.
Neil Druckmann Interview
In an interview with the official PlayStation Blog, Neil Druckmann has been casting some gentle on what we will anticipate from The Final of Us Half 2 when it’s launched in 2020.
Somewhat than throw in new enemies simply because they’ll, Druckmann says that the studio has fastidiously thought-about new Contaminated additions just like the Shamblers. These new enemies emit clouds of burning acid and can pressure gamers to contemplate how they strategy fight differently, particularly after they’re showing alongside the quick Runners and highly effective Clickers.
Human enemies are additionally extra dynamic. In response to Druckmann, each human enemy within the sport can have a singular identify in order that after they die their comrades may scream out their identify in grief. Human enemies can change into emotional and unpredictable, making fight extra dynamic and life like.
Followers of visuals can even be comfortable to know that The Final of Us 2 shall be taking advantage of the facility of the PS4 like The Final of Us did with the PS3 earlier than it. This implies, in response to Druckmann, that the sport is “capable of have a lot wider environments, sequences with a horde of contaminated, a number of squads of enemies on the lookout for you in large areas.”
Equally, this has made it doable to present Ellie and the entire different characters a brand new animation system known as movement mapping making their actions extra responsive and extra life like:
“The constancy we will get within the faces and the movement seize — we will higher translate what the actors are doing on stage into the sport, and get these nuances so we will rely extra on the way in which somebody blinks or the way in which they squint as an alternative of strains of dialogue. It permits the writing to be rather more nuanced than it’s been earlier than.”
The Final of Us 2 goes to be an bold sport. So bold that the journey shall be break up throughout two discs. Following Sony’s State of Play livestream the place the sport’s launch date was confirmed, it was confirmed in retail listings that Ellie’s journey shall be bought in two discs. On the very least you’ll be getting them collectively and never years aside.
There are few issues extra irritating than a very incompetent ally in a fight situation if you’re taking part in a sport and, thankfully, it appears that evidently will not be a priority with The Final of Us 2. In an interview with GameSpot, the sport’s co-director Anthony Newman mentioned that the staff took criticisms with reference to allies within the first sport on board and want to rectify them within the sequel.
“Previously in nearly all of our video games, the allies have finished type of pretend harm, the place you see them shoot enemies and it is a bit of bit theatrical—like their bullets are clearly doing means much less harm than yours,” Newman mentioned.
For The Final of Us 2, nonetheless, ally bullet “do precisely as a lot harm as yours do” so gamers can rely on the AI to assist them.
September PlayStation Occasions and Multiplayer
The Final of Us followers lastly bought affirmation that The Final of Us 2 will launch on February 21 2020 throughout the September State of Play alongside a model new trailer that options loads of motion and a take a look at Ellie and Joel.
Over the course of the occasion, it was additionally confirmed that The Final of Us 2 won’t launch with a multiplayer ingredient. In a tweet, Naughty Canine acknowledged that its major focus for the sport’s launch is its single participant which is “far and away essentially the most bold mission Naughty Canine has ever undertaken”.
That does not imply, nonetheless, there’ll by no means be any on-line ingredient to The Final of Us 2. The tweet goes on to make clear that in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later a web based ingredient for the sport shall be launched when it is prepared.
An replace concerning multiplayer: pic.twitter.com/CUd98LgJGCSeptember 27, 2019
Any on-line ingredient shall be well worth the wait, nonetheless, in response to collection co-creator Bruce Straley who left the studio in 2018. Taking to Twitter, Straley famous that the web multiplayer is “extraordinarily bold” and that any delay is for “good causes” and that followers are “in good palms”.
I do know the staff very effectively & belief them completely! I additionally know what they’re engaged on & I can attest that SP & MP are each EXTREMELY bold. I can solely joke as a result of I’m pals w these individuals & I’ve absolute religion in what they’re doing.September 27, 2019
Some model new The Final of Us 2 footage was apparently proven behind closed doorways throughout the latest GameStop managers convention in Nashville. The footage, which shall be obtainable to the broader world “quickly”, was quick and showcased among the sport’s stealth facets, together with how clickers can be utilized to your benefit.
When this “quickly” that the footage shall be launched is is not but identified however one alternative for Sony and Naughty Canine to indicate some new footage could be throughout Paris Video games Week in October if it would not drop even sooner.
OMG!!! Final of Us Half II 👀 pic.twitter.com/GlC8D0U7XCAugust 27, 2019
Extra from Troy Baker
The teasing for The Final of Us 2 continues at Manchester Comedian-Con. Troy Baker, voice of Joel, has as soon as once more been speaking concerning the sport and this time he’s mentioned:
“There’s nothing about this sport, nor the reveals, that hasn’t been 100% fastidiously crafted and methodically curated. All I can let you know is that as a lot as you’re clamoring for it, you’re not prepared.”
If that’s true then the cautious curation presumably extends to Baker’s glorious hyping right here. What that tells us is that we’re not going to listen to something about this sport’s launch date till Sony and Naughty Canine need us to and it may very well be a short time longer earlier than we do.
Troy Baker shedding some gentle
Issues have been a bit of quiet round The Final of Us Half II these days so Troy Baker, the voice of Joel, has induced some pleasure merely by mentioning the sport. Throughout Manchester Comedian-Con, Baker was requested what could be anticipated from the sequel and wasn’t capable of give away a lot. What he did say, nonetheless, was that “it is palms down essentially the most bold sport that Naughty Canine has ever finished for certain. It’s miles bigger than I believed was going to be doable.” That is a reasonably large assertion to make and one assured to depart followers salivating.
When it got here to the discharge date, although, Baker wasn’t capable of make any bulletins. Not as a result of he did not wish to (although clearly and understandably he did not) however as a result of he and his fellow forged members do not know the discharge date simply but. “Final time we introduced, we slipped,” he defined, “They usually do not wish to try this once more.”
Rumors of a delay
There was a lot pleasure on Could 29 because of PlayStation unique Dying Stranding lastly getting its launch date confirmed as November 8 2019. This has, nonetheless, had a ripple impact which is regarding followers of The Final of Us 2.
With Dying Stranding now slotted in as PlayStation’s large unique launch for the vacation season of 2019, it has been rumored (by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier amongst others) that The Final of Us 2, additionally initially mentioned to be a late 2019 launch, will now be pushed into early 2020.
This has not been confirmed by Naughty Canine or PlayStation so it stays nothing greater than rumor in the meanwhile. It is also price mentioning that The Final of Us 2 has by no means had a set-in-stone launch date anyway.
Nevertheless, an early 2020 launch date for The Final of Us 2 doesn’t appear unattainable at this level as PlayStation having two such big releases shut collectively on the finish of 2019 could be a shock certainly.
A recent interview with Ellie actress, Ashley Johnson, has additionally added to these early 2020 rumors as, when requested by the interviewer when the sport will launch, she seems to start to say February. Nevertheless, nothing has been confirmed by Naughty Canine simply but so every little thing stands as rumor solely on the the second.
Into the ultimate levels
Information round The Final of Us 2 has been hotting up lately as the sport inches nearer in direction of completion. Naughty Canine has now confirmed that the ultimate scene for the sport has been shot and the sport’s co-director, Anthony Newman, has tweeted out a recruitment name because the studio begins to “shut out” the sport’s improvement.
Lot of superior positions open to assist us shut out this sport… I particularly wish to spotlight the Melee Animator place, I assure you’ll be engaged on some *dope* animations working with my good good friend @Leethul 🗡️💀 pic.twitter.com/vmlVkJlfTl10 May 2019
As promising as these bulletins are, they do not reveal something about whether or not or not we will anticipate to see The Final of Us 2 this 12 months or subsequent. Regardless, improvement has reached a essential stage and although Sony gained’t be attending E3 2019, that doesn’t imply it might probably’t make some bulletins across the time of the present. The truth is, latest rumors have steered that we are going to see some type of information round this time. Hopefully we’ll see a confirmed launch date within the coming months.
Mocap is underway
Issues have been quiet on the official information entrance for The Final of Us 2 however we have been glad to see some studio insiders and actors from the sport posting photos on social media which present that the sport’s movement seize is effectively underway. Actors Ashley Johnson and Shannon Woodward have each posted photos of themselves carrying mocap fits. They did not give a lot away however the truth that Naughty Canine is that this far into the movement seize course of suggests we’d a minimum of be nearer to listening to a few doable launch date.
Troy Baker is impressed
The Final of Us 2 continues to be within the works, however we now know that one among its lead voice actors, Troy Baker, has had an in-depth look and he thinks the sport is ‘superior’. It isn’t clear whether or not Baker simply noticed some gameplay or had the prospect to go hands-on himself however in response to GameRant he mentioned throughout MCM Comedian Con at Birmingham “It’s a improbable story. It’s a improbable sport. We simply completed a playtest. It’s trying superior. I can’t for it to be on cabinets.” Although we will not be certain the place precisely within the improvement course of it’s (throughout PSX, it was mentioned that Naughty Canine had reached across the 50 to 60% mark) this playtest is an encouraging signal.
With Neil Druckmann having been promoted to Vice President of Naughty Canine, The Final of Us 2 now has two confirmed administrators. Druckmann will, after all, nonetheless be closely concerned within the creation of the sport nevertheless it’s now being headed up by Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau, each of whom had been lead designers on Uncharted 4.
Though it was no slouch within the gameplay division, it was the story informed by The Final of Us that caught with us for months afterwards. Naturally Naughty Canine needed to give us some type of trace about the place the sequel would go.
In the intervening time we all know The Final of Us 2 will happen within the metropolis of Seattle, 5 years after the tip of the unique sport, with a 19 12 months outdated Ellie taking the starring playable function. Joel will nonetheless seem within the sport but when the teaser trailer is something to go by, he may very well be a way more passive presence.
This time round, Ellie is extraordinarily offended about…one thing. From what we noticed from the teaser trailer she desires revenge, which to her seems to be a dish greatest served lethal.
She does, in spite of everything, promise to “kill each final one among them.” It’s not clear who “them” is nevertheless it may sign that the Fireflies, the primary sport’s well-meaning however morally gray antagonists, will make a return. Anger, hate and revenge are going to be key themes this time round so anticipate to be in for an emotionally heavy journey.
Within the trailer for the sport proven at Paris Video games Week in 2017, we bought a take a look at how darkish the sport is prone to be. The trailer focuses on the opposing relationships between human characters within the sport and options some severely cringe-inducing violence.
It would not inform us a lot about any new characters of how they’re going to relate to at least one one other nevertheless it does verify that we’re going right into a darkish sport world in The Final of Us half 2.
In a latest panel at PSX each Druckmann and Gross mentioned that although the sport’s story will certainly be darkish and there will be a give attention to the theme of hate, “there’s hope” and there shall be “lighthearted moments.”
We will not faux we’re not relieved to listen to this after the sport’s controversial Paris Video games Week trailer which, Druckmann mentioned, was meant to focus on the sport’s exploration of the pursuit of justice.
Ellie is without doubt one of the most actual and refreshing characters we’ve seen in gaming so it’s thrilling that Naughty Canine are going to take her story additional and put her in heart stage.
The inventive director of the sport, Neil Druckmann has said that the story shall be about Ellie and Joel’s relationship and that although the story could be complementary to the story of the primary sport, it might be a lot bigger.
When requested at a PSX panel whether or not or not Joel or Ellie might die, Druckmann responded that “nobody is protected” highlighting that the sport’s story actually may go wherever.
Hopes are notably excessive for this bigger story because it’s been revealed that one of many writers of Westworld, Halley Gross, shall be co-writing the sport’s story. Having somebody who’s written scripts for such an extremely well-liked and profitable present must be a boon for the sport’s story.
E3 2018 introduced us our first correct take a look at the gameplay in The Final of Us Half 2. Given Ellie is now the main playable character, it was anticipated that issues could be a bit of completely different from the primary sport and the presentation on the present made this pretty clear.
Ellie can have some strikes much like Joel however there are some issues she’ll have the ability to do which can be utterly completely different. For one factor she will bounce – the brand new bounce button ought to make the world of The Final of Us Half 2 extra advanced and extra pleasant to traverse. It additionally has the potential to make fight extra attention-grabbing. Talking of fight, Ellie would not actually throw punches as her first type of assault, she has a stealthy knife. Melee fight typically seems to supply a bit of greater than the unique sport, with evasions and an surroundings that may assist in addition to hinder your combating.
Not solely has Ellie matured as a personality, the enemies she faces have developed they usually’re extra life like than ever. The Contaminated in The Final of Us Half 2 are smarter and extra reactive than their predecessors, making them a more durable foe to face. AI has improved, permitting enemies to speak with each other and to search for Ellie when she’s hiding. Count on some tense moments to come up from this.