To snippets of news regarding The Last Of Us II and the first confirms what many had suspected, Ellie will be the only playable character in the game. At least, that’s what Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann has said, but he could be telling porkies.
If you have watched the new video for the game then you will have winced at the very graphic violence. Stomachs are ripped open, throats spurt blood and just when you think the camera will swerve off and spare you the sight of Ellie hacking someone’s head off it does quite the opposite and moves closer so you see every hack. It is unflinchingly brutal and for a good reason, Druckmann has told Kotaku the aim was “for the player to feel repulsed by some of the violence they are committing themselves. It felt like that is the most honest way to tell this story.”
“We’re making a game about the cycle of violence and we’re making a statement about violent actions and the impact they have on the character that’s committing them and on the people close to them,” he said. “And our whole approach is to say, ‘We want to treat this as realistically as possible.’ When you stab someone—if you watch reference videos, which we have, it’s gross and it’s messy and it’s not sanitized like you see in most movies and games. And we wanted to get the player to feel that.”
By the way, today is the original game’s fifth birthday.