One of the major highlights of PlayStation’s E3 press conference was the first extended gameplay trailer for The Last of Us Part II. While it’s already given fans plenty to chew on, director Neil Druckmann has come forward to provide more background on the footage, including Ellie’s state of mind and the whereabouts of Joel.
As the trailer revealed, The Last of Us Part II will pick up with a 19-year-old Ellie, who, despite her traumatic experiences as a child, has found a way to live in peace amongst a group of survivors in Jackson. However, the footage takes a stark turn when she is seen slicing a man’s throat in the wilderness.
According to Druckmann in a recent blog post, Ellie’s idyllic life will be “disrupted by a violent act” that will bring her to that moment. “Ellie is thrust into a brutal journey of retribution, fueled by a need to bring those that have wronged her to justice, pushing her to her very limits,” he wrote.
These new limits seem to have equipped Ellie with new combat and stealth skills. A majority of the gameplay clip shows her sneaking around members of a religious cult to take them down with her trusty but quiet bow. When she must get more hands-on with her kills, we see that she can take cover and control her dodges well. “We’ve completely overhauled our engine, developed new combat mechanics, created a new analog stealth system, and revamped our animation system to fully express Ellie’s desperation, resourcefulness, and unique agility,” Druckmann explained.
The immersive gameplay will also be taken to new heights with how Ellie reacts to the situations in front of her. In the trailer, she expresses pain from the hits that she takes from enemies, while her fear and shock can be seen through her labored breathing and facial expressions.
While the clip also introduced two new characters—Dina and Jesse—it seems Joel will also be a part of The Last of Us Part II. Druckmann teased that the “gruff Texan who’s yet to make a full appearance” will be a part of Ellie’s new story in some way.
Sadly, while the game looks even better now that we have gameplay footage, there’s still no release date for it.
The Last of Us Part II is currently in development for PlayStation 4.
Source: Naughty Dog's blog