What’s Going on in ‘The Last of Us: Part II’?

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In 2013, Naughty Dog – developers of the “Uncharted” series and, of course, “The Last of Us” – released their critically acclaimed video game, “The Last of Us”. The game won many awards and is even proclaimed as one of the best video games ever made. After years of anticipation, yesterday at PSX Naughty Dog unveiled the first trailer for “The Last of Us: Part II”.

The trailer doesn’t give away anything, and leaves you with many questions. At the end of the trailer, Ellie says she is going to, “…kill every last one of them.” Who is she talking about? What did these people do to her?

Everyone who has played the first game would assume she is talking about the infamous group called “The Fireflies”. After seeing the trailer, I assumed that Ellie found out about The Fireflies trying to kill her so they could reverse-engineer a cure. Maybe Joel and her were attacked by Fireflies and Joel was forced to tell Ellie why they’re after her.

Now at very beginning we see the Firefly logo spray painted on a stop sign. I think this might mean something, or it could be nothing. Maybe it’s representing that Ellie is out to stop the Fireflies? Either way, that Firefly symbol is there for a reason. They’ll have a part to play in the story.

A lot of people have been throwing around the idea that Joel is actually dead, and is only a hallucination of Ellie’s. I think that’s interesting, but I hope it’s not true. If Joel died in the first hour of the game, I feel like it could be anti-climactic. If they’re going to kill Joel, they should do it at the end of “Part II”. It just wouldn’t make sense to kill Joel in the first hour of “Part II”. I want to see them build Joel and Ellie’s relationship, and then if Joel dies and the end, Ellie’s motives would be earned. If they just skip five years and then kill Joel, her motives wouldn’t have been earned to us because we never saw their relationship build.

But for now, all we have that is official is a short teaser trailer and a little information that director Neil Druckmann dropped. Druckmann said that unlike the first game, you will play as Ellie instead of Joel. He gave us a tidbit of information regarding what to expect from the story, saying that the first game is about love, and “Part II” is about hate. He also set fans’ worries at ease mentioning that they wouldn’t have made a sequel if they thought there wasn’t a story to tell. Gustavo Santaolalla will also be returning to “Part II”. He scored the first game, and this will be his first sequel.

To see everything Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, and Neil Druckmann had to say about “The Last of Us” series, check out the video below.

“The Last of Us: Part II” does not currently have a release date, but I expect a late 2017-early 2018 release.

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