Sony had planned to release an animated short film based on The Last of Us which would bridge the gap between the first and second game but cancelled it last year. However, the agency working on the animation has posted images taken from the short but then quickly removed them, not doubt after a very shouty phone called from Sony.
The mini movie is said to find Joel and Ellie sat around a fire in the woods, reminiscing about their adventures. These include key scenes from the first game including the tense car ride from the very start of the game…
… and the death of Joel’s daughter.
The art style was to change for each flashback and other images shows Joel and Ellie fighting off clickers and a snow rabbit being killed one of Ellie’s arrows.
The Last of Us Part II was recently delayed and will now launch on 29th May, 2020.
Here is the statement from Neil Druckmann, Creative Director at Naughty Dog
To our fans, let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of 29th May, 2020.
I know. It was just about a month ago when we had our big blowout for the game, letting media play over two hours of it along with debuting our new story trailer and revealing the release date. The positive response we saw from our community was overwhelming. You can feel the energy among the team members. After working on something for so many years, it’s invigorating to get a glimpse of validation for all the hard work.
However, it was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realised we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.
While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.
We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality. We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.