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The Last of Us Part II stars Ellie, and will be a story about hate

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The Last of Us Part II is about hate

The Last of Us was very much a story about love, and some of the heartbreak that sort of emotional connection can bring. Throughout the tale Joel and Ellie grow closer together, a connection that has some dire ramifications for the eventual end and incredible closing scene of the game. Speaking on a panel shortly after Part II’s reveal on Saturday, Game Director Neil Druckmann said that while their first tale tackled the formation of bonds, their second act will be about breaking them. Part II, in short, is a story “about hate”.

Druckmann touched on this briefly during the panel, shortly after confirming that Ellie would be the main character in their sequel that takes place a couple of years after the first game. Ellie is now 19, and judging by the events of the stunning trailer she’s lost her way somewhat over time.

The house in the reveal is full of dead bodies, with one laying at the feet of an Ellie with bloodied, cut hands. It’s very clear that she’s out for revenge, and Druckmann touched on how that affects the tone of their follow-up. Ashley Johnson, the actor behind Ellie, explained that the character would have “gone through some shit” prior to the events of the game.

Druckmann also addressed the elephant in the room pointing out how he understood some fans’ concerns about what a second story with these characters meant for the genius, ambiguous ending of the first. They explained simply that no one wants the best for these characters more than he and his team, and that fans should trust that they’ll do right by them.

“You have to understand that no one loves these characters more than we do, and we would not do this if we didn’t feel like we didn’t have the right idea. All I ask is that fans of the first one put some faith in us, trust we’re going to do right by them.”

The Last of Us II has an internal release window at Naughty Dog, but it’s still far too early in production for it to be discussed. Druckmann did express that the game is probably further off than people expect, so be prepared to wait a while for Ellie’s tale of redemption.

Last Updated: December 5, 2016


  1. I absolutely cannot wait for this!


  2. konfab

    December 5, 2016 at 10:36

  3. Aries

    December 5, 2016 at 10:37

    I trust Naughty Dog to deliver, no worries here


  4. RinceThis

    December 5, 2016 at 10:45

    Sigh.l really want to return to their world, but I think this has already affected the ending of the first.


    • Aries

      December 5, 2016 at 11:07

      Is there different endings? I only played through TLOU once, and I killed everyone and we both walked out


  5. Kromas Ryder

    December 5, 2016 at 10:59

    Time to prepare to buy a PS again. (yeah I know).


  6. Pieter Kruger

    December 5, 2016 at 11:14

    PS5 launch title….


    • iusedtobe(a)regular

      December 5, 2016 at 11:40

      You hope.


    • konfab

      December 5, 2016 at 12:25



    • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

      December 5, 2016 at 13:44

      Apparently it’s a launch title for the Xbox NoNaughtyDogGames console… hype!


      • Pieter Kruger

        December 5, 2016 at 13:50

        ROFL! I’m sure that made more sense when you said it in your head but……


  7. iusedtobe(a)regular

    December 5, 2016 at 11:45

    ND is really pushing the “lead Women in gaming” agenda, not complaining, just an observation. I will still play the crap out of TLOU Part II and The Lost Legacy.


    • Marc O Polo

      December 5, 2016 at 15:05

      Ellie was always bad ass, I have no problem playing a female character, as long as there personality fits the game.


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