Fans of the Netflix Original series The End of the F***ing World may find some similarities in the upcoming The Last of Us Part II, as the show was a key inspiration for developer Naughty Dog.
At the recent D.I.C.E. Summit 2018, game director Neil Druckmann was onstage discussing The Last of Us as a series, as well as background behind the upcoming sequel. During the discussion, Druckmann revealed that The End of the F***ing World was one of the several sources of inspiration for the team.
“There’s a show on Netflix called The End of the F***ing World, which is so well written and acted and quirky, and has been totally inspiring for some of the stuff we’re doing in [The Last of Us II]—more on the dialog stuff,” Druckmann said.
As for the series as a whole, Druckmann expressed that the film Children of Men was a major inspiration, with its intimate characters and more grounded plot. The gameplay largely came from an idea Druckmann had for a zombie game pitch to director George Romero in grad school. It involved a cop with a heart condition protecting a young girl, inspired by “Ico and [combining] it with characters from Sin City.”
Both the gameplay and narrative of The Last of Us Part II are largely under wraps, with no gameplay yet revealed and only a couple cinematic trailers released for the game thus far. The game still has no release window for its PS4-exclusive launch, and while PlayStation Sweden has teased that the game will make a 2018 release, developer comments would suggest fans won’t see it until early 2019 at the earliest.