The Last of Us Part II gets its first trailer in almost three years, and it’s amazing
One of the most celebrated video games in history, The Last of Us, finally has a release date for its hotly anticipated sequel. Not to mention an awesome trailer to boot.
Released in 2013, The Last of Us wasn’t your average ‘shooting zombies that run at you in the face’ game. The survival game, which received over 240 awards, was as much of a cinematic and dramatic experience as it was a video game. Its sequel, aptly named The Last of Us Part II, has been on our minds since 2016, but finally it’s coming.
Debuted on PlayStation’s ‘State of Play’ livestream, fans were given a three-minute trailer of the post-apocalypse’s coolest teenager, Ellie. Taking place around five years after the events of the first game, it follows a now grown-up Ellie out for blood.
According to creative director Neil Druckmann, the sequel is designed to explore many questions, specifically around the theme of revenge. “With society broken down, how far would you go for justice?”
Druckmann told The Verge in 2018. “How much would it consume you? How much would it take away from your humanity? How much would it destroy your relationships? Those are all interesting questions for us to explore.”
The last time we got a trailer for the sequel was way back in 2016:
No longer a “baby girl” as Joel once called her, Ellie is approaching her twenties, hardened by the events of her life and the demands of survival, she now knows how to use human shields, craft arrows, perfectly aim a gun. Where she was in Joel’s shadow in the first game, she now has a far more significant role in the canonical sequel.
The Last of Us takes place in a world decimated by a ‘Cordyceps Brain Infection’, a parasitic fungal infection that has wiped out 60% of mankind and essentially created a zombie wasteland. Scarred by the death of his daughter, Joel becomes a ruthless smuggler. Later on, he forms a bond with Ellie, thought to be the cure to the infection, and the two embark on a journey and form a strong bond as they hope to save humanity.
Similar to the later iterations of The Walking Dead, the real danger in The Last of Us are deranged humans such as cannibals and criminals. Ellie’s arc in the sequel then is focused far more on human revenge rather than taking down ‘Clickers’. The best news of all? It turns out Joel is going to return as a major character as well, reaffirming he's alive and well after a rocky series of events in previous canons.
After years of waiting, The Last of Us Part II arrives on February 21, 2020 for PS4.
You can check out the trailer below: