These days, The Last of Us Part 2 feels closer than ever to finally making its way into anxious gamers' living rooms, and even though Sony hasn’t talked about it much since E3 2018’s gameplay reveal, tidbits keep coming out. The latest detail comes from series star Troy Baker and it provides a hint at the game’s scale.
The Last of Us Part 2, a sequel to the 2013 Playstation 3 hit and one of the most beloved Naughty Dog franchises next to the Uncharted series, was announced in 2016 and has been in development even longer. Sony has not yet revealed a release date for the title.
Baker, an industry superstar and the voice actor behind the first game’s protagonist Joel, discussed the game with Push Square this weekend at Manchester Comic-Con. It sounds like players should expect a lot from the upcoming game.
“I can tell you this: it’s hands down the most ambitious game that Naughty Dog has ever done for sure. It’s far larger than I thought was going to be possible.”
Baker’s comment implies some interesting things for the sequel. The first Last of Us game had a mostly linear progression and took about 15 hours to complete. These days, games have opened up a lot and tend to last much longer. Even Naughty Dog’s most recent release Uncharted: The Lost Legacy experimented with a less linear structure.
On the other hand, the studio has a reputation for story-focused, cinema-like campaigns that don’t allow for much room open-ended exploration. If The Last of Us Part 2 is ambitious as Baker implies, then it could become Naughty Dog’s first large-scale attempt at that style of story-telling. This is all, of course, speculation. But the idea of a game with Naughty Dog's commitment to quality and tone at the scale Baker implies sounds exciting and worth the extra polish if the game actually does get pushed back to the middle of next year.
Speaking of the game’s release, Troy Baker also responded to a question about his co-star apparently letting the date slip out back in June. According to him, she just made a joke, and people took it too seriously. Baker says he doesn’t even know the release date himself, giving the excuse that Sony wants to make sure he “can’t slip up and say something stupid.”
In the end, Baker assured fans that the team is still hard at work on the project, and with the scale he implied, it sounds like it will be worth the wait.
The Last of Us 2 is in development for the PS4.
Source: Push Square