Sony promised us deep dives on its upcoming Worldwide Studios exclusives, and Sony delivered on that promise. First up, after a pretty lengthy banjo performance from Gustavo Alfredo, was The Last of Us: Part II.
Naughty Dog showed off the first ever gameplay for The Last of Us 2, sharing an extended sequence that stretched on for almost 12 minutes. It’s bookended by a cutscene, featuring a potential love interest for Ellie, but it doesn’t take long to transition to Ellie brutally stabbing a man’s throat.
Ellie appears to be the main character in The Last of Us: Part 2, looking a little older than she was before, and a whole lot more brutal. Stealth forms the cornerstone of the footage, with Ellie sneaking through the woods, hiding under vans, and manipulating her enemies in order to bring them down one by one. She’s got plenty of tricks up her sleeves, including explosive arrows and the ability to take people hostage.
It’s brutal, it’s unrelentingly violent, and it’s nothing less than we’d expect from The Last of Us: Part 2. While it’s always difficult to tell in these sorts of trailers, the action also appears to very dynamic, throwing up interesting scenarios depending on the route Ellie takes. It's a demo that's got parallels with yesterday's Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay reveal, although they really do appear to be at different ends of the scale in terms of cinematic panache. Naughty Dog has long been the master on that front, and they aren't showing any signs of slowing.
There’s still no release date for The Last of Us: Part II, but odds are strong we’re looking at a 2019 release.