The Last of Us Part II may be closer to completion than we think, as one of the game’s leading actors has playtested the game and thinks it’s “fantastic.”
During an panel interview at Comic Con Birmingham 2018, performance artists Troy Baker and Nolan North discussed their thoughts on developer Naughty Dog’s upcoming survival game. Baker, who plays series character Joel, revealed that he had already experienced a playtest of the game, and came away with some distinctly positive impressions.
“It’s a fantastic story. It’s a fantastic game. We just finished a playtest. It’s looking awesome. I can’t for it to be on shelves,” Baker said. The full interview can be found below, courtesy of Geektown, with Baker’s comments dropping around 11 minutes and 45 seconds into the video.
During the PlayStation Experience 2017, game director Neil Druckmann revealed that development on the game was only “50 to 60 percent” completed. Given how long game development can take, it is unlikely that the remaining percentage was knocked out in the last four months, so the playtest Baker took part in was presumably not of the completed build. Either way, it’s good to learn that development milestones are being met, and that the game is on track to be the quality fans are expecting.
The Last of Us Part II is expected to launch sometime in 2019, coming exclusively to PlayStation 4. A recent post to the Facebook of PlayStation Sweden teased that the game could make a 2018 release, and while this seems too good to be true, Baker’s comments suggest that development is moving swiftly, so we’ll have to wait and see.