The Last of Us 2 E3 NEWS – GAMEPLAY UPDATE
Show opens proper with The Last of Us II, with an older Ellie standing at the bar, cynical and looking on a bar dance. The cinematic quality definitely reminds us of Uncharted – and we get to see Ellie’s more personal side (it appears she may be gay – or at least not straight).
The graphics looks amazing, and the music from Gustavo Santaolalla plays in the background to really compliment the story and the narrative beats. This is Naughty Dog storytelling at its finest.
The contrast to the next scene – where Ellie is stabbing a man in the neck – is staggering. Now we have gameplay.
Animation is smooth, realistic. The dynamic realtime lighting engine shows the importance of light sources and stealth. Ellie’s motion-capture is industry-leading – we’re confident about saying that now.
It’s clear that there’s a renewed focus on melee gameplay this year compared to what we got with The Last Of Us – stealth into melee is fluid, seems both are just as important as each other.
A series of new mechanics in the game – gunplay whilst crouched, struggle mechanics, and much quicker moment-to-moment action (think of this as a ‘popcorn film’ – story-driven but very gameplay and action based. White knuckle.
Ellie now has an exploding bow that she can use to take out clusters of enemies, and a variety of brutal takedowns with macetes, daggers and guns. She’s not the girl we knew from the first game. She’s terrifying… as the flashback that goes back to her shows.
That was incredible. You can see the trailer above – it really speaks for itself.
SONY PLAYSTATION E3 2018 BRIEFING STARTS SOON
We’re now less than five hours until the start of PlayStations E3 Showcase! So, standby for more potential news on The Last of Us Part 2, hopefully with some extended gameplay footage.
As mentioned previously, it sounds as though Sony will be doing four deep dives and we’re fully expecting this to be one of those games that we get a better look at.
If you want to see what else is on show, you can also tune in and keep track using the Sony PlayStation E3 2018 YouTube livestream, just above.
MORE INFO TO FOLLOW…
The Last of Us Part 2 – E3 Announcement Imminent?
PS4 fans get ready, because we should learn more about The Last of Us Part 2 from Naughty Dog in the days ahead.
That’s because E3 2018 is officially here, kickstarting with EA Play on Saturday. And following that there will be a whole assortment of press conferences, announcements, interviews and more throughout the week from various publishers and developers.
As fans of the game will know there’s extremely limited information about the game, both in terms of its gameplay and storyline.
However, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden, last month outlined that the company would be taking a new stance this year with regards to the companies E3 press conference, telling fans:
“E3 this year will feature exclusive looks and deep dives on four upcoming titles—four of our big titles.”
The Last of Us Part 2 is obviously one of those games and whilst we cannot say for certain exactly what we’ll get – another trailer? Gameplay? A release date? – we do know that Naughty Dog’s latest will play a significant part of the conference.
For anyone in the UK wanted to watch, you’ll have to stay up late with the conference beginning at this Tuesday at 2am BST. So for the time being, stay tuned for more official info in the coming days and potentially some leaks too.
And if you want to see more of our E3 2018 coverage across the week, bookmark the following URL – www.dailystar.co.uk/latest/e3-2018 – to stay up to date.
Want to know more? Keep reading to discover everything we know about The Last of Us Part 2 so far…
THE LAST OF US PART 2 – OVERVIEW
The Last of Us Part II is a sequel to Naughty Dog’s critically and commercially successful The Last of Us, which launched for PS3 in 2013.
The game will contain elements of action-adventure and survival horror, similar in tone to its predecessor.
It will follow on from the events of the first game and will feature the return of protagonists Ellie and Joel five years after the events of The Last of Us.
The game has already received awards, despite only being in development since 2014: the PlayStation Blog has already rewarded the game with the ‘Most Anticipated Game of the Year’ award, and the title has also been awarded ‘Most Wanted’ by the Golden Joysticks.
The game was originally announced at the PlayStation Experience event in December 2016.
The game will be a PS4 exclusive (undoubtedly with enhancements for PS4 Pro players) and will likely push the boundaries of what the PS4 architecture can achieve.
The game will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The Last of Us Part 2 – Naughty Dog Announcements
Naughty Dog made some big appointments in March 2018 and some of the changes inside the company relate directly to the release of the companies next big game release, which is of course, The Last of Us Part 2.
Writing on a new post on Naughty Dog’s website, president Evan Wells announced that Neil Druckmann – who has had key roles in the development of the first two Uncharted games and as the creative director for both The Last of Us and Uncharted 4 – has been promoted to vice president.
Despite the change in role, Druckmann will remain as The Last of Us Part 2’s creative director.
Wells’ also revealed the joint game directors for The Last of Us Part 2, revealing that Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau, previously lead game designers on Uncharted 4 and with experiencing working on the first Last of Us game, would take the lead.
“Both Kurt and Anthony joined Naughty Dog during Uncharted 2 and have been instrumental in leading the design department, and have been key contributors on our subsequent games,” Wells said.
Most recently Margenau was integral as the joint director for Uncharted spin-off Lost Legacy.
Finally, it was announced that Emilia Schatz and Richard Cambier will serve as the lead designers for the new Last of Us game, again having showed their pedigree previously having worked on multiple Naughty Dog games, including Uncharted 4 and the original Last Of Us title.
The Last of Us 2 Part 2 story
All we know so far is that The Last of Us II takes place five years after the events of the first game.