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Naughty Dog Reveals The Last of Us Part II

December 05, 2016

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By: Max Cannon

This year's PlayStation Experience is one for the books. A pair of new projects from one of the best development teams in the world, Naughty Dog, was shown off a both ends of Sony's conferenceUncharted 4's DLC is no longer an add-on to the main game but a piece of standalone content and The Last of Us not only announced a sequel but also showed off a trailer.

Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson reprising their roles from The Last of Us on stage.Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson reprising their roles from The Last of Us on stage.Courtesy of Parent Herald

Uncharted Without Nathan Drake?

Saturday, December 3rd kicked off the PlayStation Experience Expo with a keynote conference showing off some awesome games. Ni No Kuni 2, Gravity Rush 2, Dreadnought, Pyre, Vane, Marvel v Capcom: Infinite, and of course Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The show started out with an exciting demo of Chloe Frazer, who was absent from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, sneaking through an environment reminiscent of the city from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves in hunt of a red door.

A disguised Chloe sneaks through a warzone.A disguised Chloe sneaks through a warzone.Courtesy of PlayStation

The demo was incredibly cinematic, even more than an Uncharted game would make you feel, and had a stronger emphasis on stealth. In fact, there wasn't any combat in the game until the final moments where Chloe fights off some soldiers with returning character Nadine Ross, one of the antagonists of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. In a panel the following day, a group of developers from Naughty Dog revealed that the game takes place after Uncharted 4 and will release in 2017. 

Uncharted The Lost Legacy Trailer PlayStation Experience 2016

 

Joel and Ellie Return To The Apocalypse

Naughty Dog opening up the show convinced the audience that we wouldn't be seeing anything more from them, especially with the caliber of the presentation we saw. Then Shawn Layden, head of PlayStation, said a team would be revealing a game that they were too excited to keep secret. The opening screens of a overgrown forest got the wheels turning in the heads of many gamers, but the moment we saw the Firefly design we knew it wasn't too good to be true.

The Last of Us Part II is happening.

Now the long, long wait to release.Now the long, long wait to release.Courtesy of PlayStation

The trailer shows an older Ellie playing a guitar in a destroyed house with a set of shaking hands. Joel walks in the home with some white light behind him and listens to her song, before she responds with a threat of revenge on her enemies. We don't know who her enemies are, we don't know what she knows about Joel, and we sadly don't know when the game is coming out. In another panel after the show, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson discuss their involvement in the trailer that they recorded over a year and a half ago. Neil Druckmann will be returning to direct the story but gameplay director Bruce Straley is sitting this game out, with a much needed year of rest following his work on Uncharted 4.

Joel listens to Ellie's guitar.Joel listens to Ellie's guitar.Courtesy of PlayStation
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