VIDEO GAMING

The Last of Us, one of the best video games ever, gets a sequel

The makers of Uncharted and Crash Bandicoot have announced a sequel to their post-apocalyptic hit The Last of Us

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2016, 7:00pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 December, 2016, 5:51pm

The people behind the Indiana Jones-style blockbuster third-person action Uncharted series are veterans of video game creation. The studio, Naughty Dog, goes all the way back to the first PlayStation console, having created the beloved Crash Bandicoot series.

Beyond those two (massive) game franchises, Naughty Dog is also responsible for the incredible, genre-pushing PlayStation game The Last of Us

It’s a post-apocalyptic game, where you avoid zombie-like humans and discover that the real monsters are other human survivors.

The Last of Us is widely regarded as one of the best video games of the past decade, if not one of the best games ever made. It shows what can be done with the medium, blending interactivity with moral choices and artful storytelling. 

The game was already remastered, moving from PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4. If you haven’t already played it, do yourself a favour and play it. And maybe make a plan to do that sooner than later, because Sony has just announced The Last of Us: Part II for the PlayStation 4.

The trailer debuted during Sony’s annual “PlayStation Experience” fan event, held this year at Anaheim Convention Centre.

As the trailer opens, it shows a beautiful forest. As the forest gives way to dilapidated cars and long-abandoned houses, a “Fireflies” symbol (a militia group from the first game) is shown on a stop sign.

But the real focus here isn’t the gorgeous woods – it’s the guitar-playing lady who sings a beautiful and terrifying song.

That’s Ellie, the teenage girl from the first game who’s apparently become a guitar-playing lady. Joel from the first game also makes a momentary appearance, hinting at a return for the duo as protagonists in “Part II.” 

There’s no release date or window for the game – it’s in “super early” development, remember? – but we’d guess late 2017 or spring 2018 as a potential launch window. Regardless of guesses, there’s one certainty: The Last of Us: Part II is going to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.