Up to date: Although it stays a troublesome watch, followers of The Final of Us half 2 have been poring over the current Paris Video games Week trailer to uncover some hints about where the game might be set.
Beforehand, it was instructed that the sport may very well be set in Seattle, Washington, after some real-life places have been noticed in idea artwork. As soon as once more, indicators proceed to level in the direction of this. Highlighting a rusting street signal and a police automotive that appears like these of the Seattle PD, followers imagine that the latest trailer takes place on the I-5 freeway. That is simply over a mile from the places instructed by the sport’s idea artwork.
All of that is, in fact, full hypothesis and the sport’s location is but to be confirmed.
Authentic story continues beneath…
Regardless of its pretty finite title, it seems The Final of Us wasn’t the final we’d see of The Final of Us. Contemplating the primary recreation has been regularly hailed as a masterpiece due to its glorious, emotional story and interesting life-like characters, the choice to develop a sequel isn’t really all that shocking.
Naughty Canine first introduced The Final of Us 2 at PlayStation Expertise in 2016 alongside a teaser trailer however famous that it was nonetheless in early growth, little doubt to cease fan expectations working too wild.
We’re now virtually one 12 months on from that time and the one extra info we have had in that point is one other, longer, trailer at Paris Games Week 2017.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? The sequel to the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic recreation The Final of Us
- When can I play it? It’ll be some time from now, possibly late 2018 to early 2019
- What can I play it on? PlayStation 4
Trailers and screenshots
The newest trailer for the sport was proven at Sony’s press convention throughout the 2017 Paris Video games Week. This trailer is round 5 minutes lengthy, specializing in conflicts between the human factions within the recreation. It exhibits half 2 goes to have a darkish story, maybe even darker than the primary, and the trailer is pretty harrowing to observe.
Visually spectacular although it’s, do be aware that it is gory earlier than you watch it for your self beneath.
The primary take a look at the sport got here with its announcement at PlayStation Expertise in 2016. Even though the sport is early in growth, the trailer confirmed a full (non-gameplay) scene that options each Ellie and Joel. You’ll be able to watch it beneath:
As Naughty canine has mentioned the sport remains to be within the early phases of growth, we think about it’ll be some time earlier than we get to play The Final of Us 2.
We don’t also have a tough launch window but, although contemplating Naughty Canine has seen the unhealthy facet of promising a stable launch date and lacking it earlier than it’s exhausting responsible them for not committing at this stage.
What we all know to date
Though it was no slouch within the gameplay division, it was the story advised by The Final of Us that caught with us for months afterwards. Naturally Naughty Canine needed to give us some sort of trace about the place the sequel would go.
In the meanwhile we all know The Final of Us 2 will happen 5 years after the tip of the unique recreation, with a 19 12 months previous Ellie taking the starring playable position. Joel will nonetheless seem within the recreation but when the teaser trailer is something to go by, he may very well be a way more passive presence.
This time round, Ellie is extraordinarily indignant about…one thing. From what we noticed from the teaser trailer she desires revenge, which to her seems to be a dish greatest served lethal.
She does, in spite of everything, promise to “kill each final certainly one of them.” It’s not clear who “them” is nevertheless it might sign that the Fireflies, the primary recreation’s well-meaning however morally gray antagonists, will make a return. Anger, hate and revenge are going to be key themes this time round so anticipate to be in for an emotionally heavy journey.
As Joel is such a passive presence within the trailer there’s been hypothesis that he’s really useless, showing in Ellie’s thoughts’s eye, and Ellie’s anger and vengeance can be directed at those that prompted his demise. This isn’t totally unlikely nevertheless it’s purely hypothesis at this level.
Within the trailer for the sport proven at Paris Video games Week in 2017, we obtained a take a look at how darkish the sport is more likely to be. The trailer focuses on the opposing relationships between human characters within the recreation and options some significantly cringe-inducing violence.
It does not inform us a lot about any new characters of how they will relate to 1 one other nevertheless it does verify that we’re going right into a darkish recreation world in The Final of Us half 2.
Ellie is likely one of the most actual and refreshing characters we’ve seen in gaming so it’s thrilling that Naughty Canine are going to take her story additional and put her in middle stage.
The artistic director of the sport, Neil Druckmann has said that the story can be about Ellie and Joel’s relationship and that although the story could be complementary to the story of the primary recreation, it will be a lot bigger.
Hopes are notably excessive for this bigger story because it’s been revealed that one of many writers of Westworld, Halley Gross, can be co-writing the sport’s story. Having somebody who’s written scripts for such an extremely in style and profitable present must be a boon for the sport’s story.
Not a lot is being mentioned about gameplay in the intervening time. Neil Druckmann mentioned at a PSX Panel that there would, nonetheless, be some variations on account of Ellie being the playable character somewhat than Joel.
“Ellie performs in another way than Joel […] Some issues are evolution, some issues are reinvention, however there can be a gameplay reveal down the street.”
It’s exhausting to glean a lot from this, but when Naughty Canine take the strategy that’s steadily taken with playable feminine characters, Ellie will in all probability be extra swift on her toes than Joel was however maybe much less capable of take harm.
This would possibly not be the primary time we have had the possibility to play as Ellie, after the primary recreation put us in her sneakers for a brief mission, however right here the aim of the mission was to make her really feel weak compared to Joel. We are able to solely hope her skills can be expanded for the sequel. Within the Paris Video games Week trailer she definitely seems to be far bodily stronger than she did within the first recreation.
What we would wish to see
A brand new setting
Given that point has moved on 5 years from the tip of the primary recreation, it’d be good to see Joel and Ellie in a brand new location too. It doesn’t essentially need to be removed from the setting of the primary recreation however contemplating we’ve the 2 lead characters and their relationship to maintain us tied to the primary recreation, it’d be good to play in a brand new location to maintain issues feeling recent and make the introduction of recent characters really feel extra believable.
Druckmann has mentioned that this recreation’s story can be bigger than the story of the primary recreation and we think about this necessitates a barely extra expansive setting.
Extra scary enemies
The contaminated within the first recreation are terrifying and threatening and we wish to see extra of that. Issues don’t have to vary an excessive amount of however new courses of enemy, new character designs and new methods to defeat them could be glorious.
Contemplating we’ll be enjoying as Ellie now somewhat than Joel we think about gamers should be taught to take a special strategy to fight anyway because it’s been mentioned she’ll play in another way.
It’d even be nice to see extra human enemies in addition to the contaminated. We noticed quite a lot of morally gray factions make an look within the first recreation so to develop on this and possibly introduce some extra parts could be fascinating.
The exploration of the morality of humanity in post-apocalyptic scenes is at all times fascinating, notably contemplating in video games you’re interacting with it immediately and feeling its affect extra strongly than in most mediums.
The Final of Us 2 has the possibility to make an actual emotional affect by the human areas it presents us with.
The return of multiplayer
Multiplayer in The Final of Us was surprisingly good so we wouldn’t be averse to seeing it return right here. If the sport’s principal story goes to be as heavy as we anticipate, it’d definitely be good to have the choice to interrupt free for some time with out leaving the sport world and join with others on-line.