ANAHEIM, Calif. — Developer Naughty Dog announced the sequel to their critically acclaimed 2013 title, The Last of Us, at Playstation Experience 2016 to the great surprise of the crowd who cheered on in excitement throughout the showing of the trailer.
No official release date has been announced and Sony Interactive Entertainment World Studios chairman Shawn Layden has said that the game itself is still in early development.
The slow-paced trailer features an older Ellie sitting in an abandoned bedroom and playing a cover of Shawn James’ 2012 song, ‘Through the Valley’, interchanged with Joel walking through the same house with corpses sprawled throughout.
As he meets with Ellie, some insight on the story is given when their short exchange ends with Ellie’s words, “I’m going to find… And I’m gonna kill each and every last one of them.”
In a Playstation blog post, director Neil Druckmann said, “After spending years on different ideas (and almost giving up), we finally uncovered a story that felt special—a story that evolved into an epic journey.”
Despite prior knowledge of the game’s development, the official announcement came as a massive surprise to many fans including James, who agreed to have his song featured in a ND game, but was unaware that The Last of Us: Part II would be the title.