A new trailer for The Last of Us: Part II has unexpectedly dropped at the Paris Games Week, showing off new characters and hinting at the storyline of the new game. The game was announced last December.
While it’s positive to learn that The Last of Us Part Two will feature multiple women and people of color outside of Ellie’s story, the trailer provided a grim tease of what’s to come. The facial animation in particular is wonderful, but the first trailer showcases the nuanced animation of Ellie’s hands as she plays guitar.
Polygon took it a step further, censuring Naughty Dog and Sony for using “extreme violence”, even going as far as to say that games need to stop using extreme violence as a selling point.
And it’s due to the graphic violence, carried out against women and children no less, that has some folks upset with Sony’s presentation of said game.
Soon after the trailer went live, Polygon published an article that criticised the trailer for being insensitive to violence against women. Even if that was the darkest scene in the game, we’ve got quite the horror game ahead of us. Just as Robert Kirkman’s comic book world features unsafe enemies in the form of the Governor, Negan, and Alpha, The Last of Us Part II actually puts fellow man as the de facto villain of the piece. This is to serve as a departure from the first game, as that title dealt with accepting love.
The Last of Us 2 release date: When’s it coming out?
In The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC for the original game, there’s a scene in which Ellie and her female friend Riley kiss, indicating Ellie is lesbian or bisexual.
This trailer is a bit brutal so I need to preface that before you watch.
The Last of us 2 gameplay: How will it play? Fortunately, we’ve been informed that none of these people are Ellie. And, if Joel isn’t around anymore, this could really change up how situations play out if you’re only looking out for one character this time.