Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!
Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!
Sony has just wrapped up the first day of PSX. The company has shown a new story expansion for Uncharted 4, the second Knack, an amazing trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn, but one thing, one special title, one extraordinary PlayStation game makes you forget about all the other announcements.
Shawn Layden enters the spotlight to finish the show. He expresses his appreciation to each and every fan out there. He says that it’s been an amazing year for PlayStation with so many games, but there is still so much to see. They have some unannounced projects and panels waiting for PlayStation fans at PSX. There’s one thing left. It’s a game early in development, but the team wanted to show what the title powered by the updated engine will look like. Spoiler alert: the team is called Naughty Dog.
A beautiful forest, the definition of green. Trees damaged by unknown scars. Broken rusty cars. Houses covered in muss, were left behind. And then the heart stops beating – it’s the mark of the Fireflies on the stop sign. The story of The Last of Us continues. Thank you, Naughty Dog.
Her covered in blood arm is shaking. We see a tattoo. She had to go through so much, but she squeezes her fist and starts planking a guitar. She tunes the strings and a beautiful song begins (There is actually a similar ‘Through The Valley’ song by Shawn James & The Shapeshifters). You can’t confuse those eyes, you can’t forget this voice. We’ve heard some rumors about the second part being the story of her mother. But it is Ellie. Ashley Johnson, we are happy to hear your voice.
We still can’t see her face, we can’t tell how old she has become. We see her back and a drop of blood going down her face. Scars of endless fights.
A hand lying in the pool of blood and a man approaching. His steps are hard and tired. He is holding a gun. Who is the man? He is looking at dead men lying on the ground. His silhouette finds a light and we know his name. It is Joel.
He is looking at Ellie as she finishes the saddest song to ask: “What are you doing kiddo? You’re really gonna go through all of this?” It’s Troy Baker’s voice, of course.
We get to see her face. She is old, but it’s not the years, horrors of her world changed her.
The Last of Us: Part II. What else should we say. It’s one of the best moments of this year. It’s when you jump and can’t stop.
And that’s the official post from a mastermind behind this project, Neil Druckmann:
I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to finally be able to say that Ellie and Joel are back for another intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure. Like many of you, we have a deep love for the world of The Last of Us and its characters, and while a sequel may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, it wasn’t the case. We knew that it needed to be a story worth telling and, perhaps more importantly, a story worthy of Joel and Ellie. After spending years on different ideas (and almost giving up), we finally uncovered a story that felt special—a story that evolved into an epic journey.
It’s still early days for the project–the game’s release is a ways off–but we couldn’t wait any longer to give you a glimpse of what’s to come. We’re going to let the trailer speak for itself, but expect more information about The Last of Us Part II in the coming months.
In the meantime, if you’re at PSX today or watching the live stream from home, don’t miss our panel at 2:00pm PT where I’ll be joined by Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker to talk about the reveal. Keep an eye on Naughty Dog’s channels to see more of what we’re up to this weekend at PSX.
Until next time, endure and survive!
Director, The Last of Us Part II
Neil Druckmann has also said during the PSX panel that the main hero this time is Ellie and that she is 19. There are rumors Joel might actually be dead and that silhouette is just a hallucination. We hope that’s just a wrong guess. Still, this theory might be quite logical – it seems that she had to fight all the fireflies alone and Joel appears as a strange silhouette in a white glowing light, walking peacefully.
We’ll keep an eye on Naughty Dog’s work. That’s for sure.
Author: Artyom Sergeev