The Last of Us Part II – How Hatred Could Impact The Series

Richard Bailey at The Koalition writes: At PlayStation Experience 2016 earlier this month, Naughty Dog blew the roof off of the Anaheim Convention Center when they finally revealed the long-awaited sequel to The Last of Us at the end of the keynote presentation. The Last of Us Part II is still a long way from release, but the trailer embedded above gave us more than enough information to hold everyone over until a full-fledged gameplay trailer drops.

Shortly after the worldwide reveal, Neil Druckmann, Ashley Johnson, and Troy Baker took the stage to talk a little more openly about this upcoming sequel. From this 35-minute conversation, we learned several things including the following:

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Profexxion707d ago

Very interesting take Rich. I was against them returning to their story initially but the trailer gives me hope. I just really hope it doesn't compromise the values these two characters had set in stone in the original game.

rbailey707d ago

I agree with you on the trailer giving some hope. There has to be a reason why they wanted to revisit these characters for a new game so hopefully they don't mess this up.

medman707d ago

It's Naughty Dog. They haven't "messed up" since 1642.

Jiggy7d707d ago (Edited 707d ago )

It ain't easy to make a sequel after such a successful game, but I'm sure they put a lot of thought into it at Naughty Dog as well as Sony, especially since TLOU will now most likely replace Uncharted as the most important Playstation exclusive, if it hasn't already. But there's no formula as to how to make a sequel to such an amazing game. Just give them time and be patient.

OB1Biker707d ago (Edited 707d ago )

So your first 'plot' idea is Joel is killed by the FF and ellie goes on a rampage to avenge him then commits suicide.
Second idea Joel gets infected and dies 'This approach would be poetic' :/ and then ellie goes after the infected.

Seems more like cliché despair theme than hatred IMO and tbh I'm sure ND can find much more interesting story.
Also what you seem to miss like many, is that it's not just Joel that found somehow paternal love for Ellie. It's completely shared and ellie found in Joel the only family that counts for her and she is actually the one who needed the most and basically did everything she could for Joel to remain with her.

To give my two cent, we know it's the continuation of the first game and mainly the story of Joel and Ellie but.... I think it's about a given there will be new characters bad and good and that will give a lot more possibilities for the storyline to develop in surprising ways. Basically, it's all about human feelings and relationships set in a nightmarish world.

SaveFerris707d ago

If Ellie is to seek revenge on someone, she'll need a Training Montage for that. I bet Naughty Dog could make an awesome one.

Bennibop707d ago

Not sure why anyone would doubt naughty dog. If the story was not worth telling I am sure they have sense not to make the game, they have written and created more successful video games than Richard Bailey after all.