Neil Druckmann, the writer and director of Naughty Dog’s successful video game The Last Of Us, suggested that one of the lead characters could die in the upcoming sequel. At the recent Playstation Experience (PSX) conference, Druckmann told reporters, “no one is safe – not even [Joel and Ellie].”
Druckmann went on to say that while the theme of the first game was “love” the theme of The Last of Us 2 will be “hate.” He explained that the stakes in this second game are huge and that nobody is guaranteed to survive.
The Last of Us fans got to see the latest tease for this sequel at the Paris Games Week. This extremely violent ad already has over 3 million views on YouTube.
Gamers got to hear a bit more about this sequel in a panel discussion with Druckmann and author Halley Gross. Gross, who’s best known for her work on the TV show Westworld, is collaborating with Druckmann on The Last of Us 2’s story.
Druckmann said he had a clear idea of how he wanted the game to begin and end, however he didn’t know what to put in the middle. He said that Gross jumped right in with incredible ideas for the sequel’s storyline.
At one point in the PSX conference, Druckmann said that Gross “got someone pregnant” while working on her story boards. Druckmann didn’t add any more details to this major tease.
As mentioned above, Druckmann said the theme of The Last of Us 2 will be “hate.” Although many scenes in this game will be tragic, Druckamann said this game won’t totally be without hope for justice or redemption.
There were a few other major reveals on The Last of Us 2 at the PSX panel. For example, developers said most of the game will be set in Seattle and that Naughty Dog is about 50 percent done with making the game. Druckmann also said some people who loved the first game won’t like the sequel. Fans can expect more big reveals at E3 2018 in Los Angeles.
Before the PSX panel on The Last of Us 2, Troy Baker and Ashely Johnson took to the stage to perform an inspiring musical act. You can watch the entire PSX conference online.