With the hugely anticipated, yet not all that surprising, announcement of The Last of Us 2 comes some new information right from Naughty Dog and Sony themselves.
Recently, Sony hosted a panel at PlayStation Experience in Anaheim with Neil Druckmann, the creative director for The Last of Us 2. Neil shared a very interesting detail about one of the major changes between the games. It’s not necessarily something that’s going to visibly impact the game play directly (Although we’re expected changes there, as well.)
It has more to do with the overall arching theme of the game, and this next reveal, in particular, could really change the tone.
First of all, you probably know by now that you’ll be playing as Ellie. Neil Druckmann revealed that if the first game was all about ‘love’, such as that between Joel and Ellie, then one could say the new game is all about ‘hate’. He doesn’t specify if that hatred is between Ellie and Joel in particular, but it seems like that is implied…
It’s not a stretch to imagine that Part II is going to be a lot more brutal in different ways. Ellie is an adult now, and she has undoubtedly been through some tough times since the first game ended. She looks like she has a chip on her shoulder now, and wouldn’t you? It’s possible that she has realized Joel was lying to her in the first game, and feels like she’s all alone now, with years to put up her defenses and to grow more and more hardened.
To stay alive, she’s probabally had to see and do some pretty rough things, and that can drastically change a person, especially over the course of half a decade.
And chances are the darkest parts are still to come. Don’t expect a happy ending. So far, the clues point to the possibility that the relationship between Ellie and Joel is so damaged that one may be in a position where they have to kill the other, and since you’re playing as Ellie, you might have some tough choices to make.
If you’re expecting a similar narrative as the first time around, you’re probabally in for a shock. This game is going to explore hatred, and take a much darker and grittier tone.