The Last of Us 2 is one of the most anticipated games that Sony has in its lineup for the future. After the phenomenal success and impact of the first game, the pressure is on for the sequel to reach the same heights or even surpass that of the original.
One of the game's leading actors Troy Baker, who plays Joel, said that he recently had the chance to either see or go hands-on with a playtest of The Last of Us 2 and came away with nothing but positive things to say:
"It's a fantastic story. It's a fantastic game. We just finished a playtest. It's looking awesome. I can't for it to be on shelves."
The game's developer, Naughty Dog, has yet to announce a release date for the game, but some have speculated that it could release this fall. While others are predicting it to launch in late 2019, at the earliest. There may be an official announcement at E3 this June, but for now, the last official word from Naughty Dog was that The Last of Us 2 was about 60% complete as of four months ago.
During the press interview given at MCM Comic Con Birmingham where Baker called The Last of Us 2 "awesome," Baker also shared that the experience of going back to The Last of Us franchise with a sequel was "heavy." He said that the first game didn't end on the happiest of notes and that the weight of the game's narrative returned immediately upon stepping into the role again.
Baker also said that the game's creative director and writer, Neil Druckmann is writing "honestly" and is focusing on delivering a grounded and genuine story without trying to deliver what fans may be wanting or expecting from a sequel (In fact, Druckmann said in the past that even Ellie and Joel are not safe from being killed in the game's story). Baker said that the developers are making The Last of Us 2 a game "we want to play" and believe that doing so will deliver an experience that is truly special for the player.
The Last of Us 2 will release exclusively on PS4. A release date has yet to be announced.