Choo choo, all aboard the hype train! With Sony’s Christmas 2019 line up looking rather sparse they’ve decided to jump ahead and tease us with something which will launch – hopefully – next year.
The Last of Us Part II media event will be taking placing on September 24th in Los Angeles and as it’s an “event” specifically for the game we can expect a lot more to be revealed, perhaps even a release date which is rumoured to be around February 2020, one of Sony’s favourite slots for releasing big games.
The date is also just two days prior to Outbreak Day, the day when in the world of TLOU the Cordyceps infection reached critical mass in Austin Texas. That day, September 26th, is also Joel’s birthday, so rather than cake and ice cream he got his daughter shot dead. Happy Birthday Joel!
New footage of the game was shown at The GameStop Managers Conference last month with the gameplay taking place in a dark area with only fire and flashlights used to illuminate the surroundings. Apparently we will be seeing this footage “soon” so this may be what we see on September 24th.
With Sony skipping E3 there has been very little news on The Last of Us Part II which was originally revealed at the PlayStation Experience event on December 3rd 2016. We do know the story picks up five years after the first game and you will get to control Ellie, we have yet to see any footage of Joel as the protagonist. Whereas the first game centres on love director Neil Druckmann has said that Part II centres on hate so we could be in for some rocky times with Joel and Ellie.
In April this year it was revealed that motion capture for the game’s two lead characters played by Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker had wrapped, marking the end of all cinematic shoots, and in June this year Ashley seemed to slip and reveal the release date of the game as February 2020.