The closer we get to E3 2019, the more excited we get about everything we can expect to learn during the three-day convention. But as we look at what we can expect to see from the annual gaming expo, we’re reminded there’s one game we might not see at all, even through we’re dying to learn more about itbut need to know everything about: the eagerly-awaited The Last of Us: Part II.
As 2013’s almost indisputable video game of the year, The Last of Us, remains one of the greatest and most widely beloved games of all time. The post-apocalyptic third-person action-adventure series from Naughty Dog — the same developer behind the Uncharted games — takes place in a world 20 years after a mutated fungus destroys human civilization by transforming huge swaths of the population into zombies.
Considering the success of The Last of Us, it’s no surprise that The Last of Us: Part II got greenlit shortly after the game’s release and that it’s been in careful, considered development since 2014. Years have passed, but there’s still no official word on when The Last of Us: Part II will actually be released despite new gameplay trailers debuting at almost every major gaming event for close to three years.
For now, here’s all that we know about The Last of Us sequel in terms of plot, new characters, trailers, release date, and more.
What’s the Plot of The Last of Us: Part II?
The Last of Us: Part II takes place 5 years after the first game — which mostly takes place 20 years after the initial outbreak. At 19 years old, Ellie is the main character as opposed to Joel, who’s now in his mid-50s. They live in the safe haven community in Jackson County, Wyoming they reached at the end of The Last of Us. Based on all of the footage shown of the game so far, Ellie’s become hardened over the years.
At the PlayStation Experience 2017, game director Neil Druckmann confirmed that “a large part” of The Last of Us: Part II takes place in Seattle, a new setting for the series. The first game featured Boston, Pittsburgh, and Austin, Texas, among others. Similar to how the player trekked across the country in part 1, Part II will involve a road trip of sorts from Wyoming to Seattle.
New characters include Yara (played by Victoria Grace), Emily (played Emily Swallow), Lev (played by Ian Alexander), among others. Voice actress Laura Bailey is also in the game and provides motion capture, and she finished her part of the production on April 13. On April 11, it was revealed that Logic and voice actor Travis Willingham (of Critical Role) were also in the game.
Despite the wide cast, there’s still no official synopsis for the game.
The Last of Us: Part II game director Neil Druckmann published the above Tweet in April, offering what looks like confirmation that the motion capture recording on the game had been completed. The crunch to finish up the game will likely happen over the next few months.
What Is The Last of Us: Part II Release Date?
The release date is still up in the air for The Last of Us: Part II. As of late May 2019, fans are under the impression that the release date has been pushed back to make way for Death Stranding, due for release November 8, 2019 and set to be Sony’s big PS4 release of the fall.
Death Stranding becoming the big release on Sony’s 2019 calendar has signaled to fans that The Last of Us: Part II will be pushed to early 2020 so that it can get the spotlight as a major release. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier was the first to report on the release date changes but neither Sony nor the The Last of Us creators have confirmed the new release date.
It was previously believed The Last of Us: Part II would be out in fall 2019. At the end of February 2019, Peruvian video game retailer LawGamers also leaked a promotional image indicating the game would release in October 2019. On March 31 redditor u/fetemucke posted an image showing the game in a collection of “Coming Soon” games listed in the PlayStation Store, which implied the game would be out in 2019.
Is There a Trailer for The Last of Us: Part II?
The Last of Us: Part II was first confirmed during the 2016 PlayStation Experience with a teaser trailer featuring Ellie. The second teaser, featuring mostly new characters, was unveiled during 2017 Paris Games Week. The most extensive look at the game came during E3 2018 with a gameplay reveal trailer that included a cutscene from presumably fairly early in the game.
None of these promotional videos really count as a legitimate trailer of any kind, but they do offer an exciting introductory look at what the game will offer. Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon, but with Sony skipping E3 entirely in 2019, it’s unclear exactly when the next big announcement could arrive.
The Last of Us: Part II will likely arrive in 2020 exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 4.