Without a doubt, The Last of Us: Part 2 is easily one of the PS4’s most anticipated exclusives, but ever since its official reveal during PlayStation Experience 2016, Naughty Dog has remained relatively quiet regarding the development process of the forthcoming survival-horror title. With this being the case, fans have been left to their own devices to determine what exactly has happened since the last entry in the series, with the ardent fan and Redditor known as Voldsby having recently spun an extremely plausible theory that The Last of Us: Part 2 will use Seattle, Washington as one of its locations
As seen in the first image below, Voldsby compares images of parking signs and pay sites that are not only found within the sequel’s first trailer, but also in and around the greater Seattle area. Furthermore, as found in the picture immediately following the initial side-by-side shots, one will notice a S Washington street sign and “Driftwood” building taken from one of the game’s pieces of concept art that line up perfectly with their exact locations on Google Maps.
Should other The Last of Us: Part 2 fans not be thoroughly convinced enough the forthcoming title will use Seattle as one of its settings, Voldsby even went so far as to do research on some of the foliage seen in both the trailer and official concept art, and compared it to specific types of plant life native to western North America. As it so happens, the Redditor found compelling evidence that Naughty Dog populated the initial piece of footage shown at PSX 2016 with the sword fern, which is indigenous to Washington.
Of course, with Voldsby’s investigation amounting to nothing more than a theory at this point in time, it’s important to take the Redditor’s hypothesis with a grain of salt. However, it wouldn’t be too farfetched for Joel and Ellie to have ended up in Seattle in The Last of Us: Part 2, especially when one considers the lengthy trek that the two made in the original game. After all, the characters first met in Boston, Massachusetts, and then traveled to Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah, and even Wyoming.
Bearing this all in mind, Voldsby’s detective work definitely has merit, and if anything, it’s a testament to the dedication of The Last of Us‘ player base and the love that the game’s fans have for the title. So, while Part 2 hasn’t been discussed much by Naughty Dog since last year and even skipped out on E3 2017, there’s a good chance we will hear more official news regarding the release in the coming weeks and months.
The Last of Us: Part 2 is currently in development for PlayStation 4.