Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckman has confirmed that the story for The Last of Us Part 2 will be co-written by Halley Goss.
Goss is perhaps best known for working on the science fiction series Westworld, having directed the episodes Trompe L’Oeil and The Adversary and serving as story editor on The Stray and Chestnut.
“Can’t wait to share more of the story with y’all. Spoiler alert: it’s intense,” wrote Druckmann on Twitter.
The Last of Us Part 2 release date
The Last of Us Part 2 was announced during Sony’s PlayStation Experience 2016 keynote over the weekend. The game is currently in development exclusively for PlayStation 4, although Sony has been keen to note that the sequel is still early in production. Naughty Dog has confirmed that Bruce Straley will not be returning to the sequel to co-direct with Druckmann.
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Set a few years after the events of the critically acclaimed original, The Last of Us Part 2 reunites gamers with Ellie and Joel, with the former now 19-years-old. Unlike the first game, players will control Ellie during the game, and while Joel makes an appearance it remains unknown how big of a role he will have in the sequel. Whatever the case, the theme of the game will be centered on hate, evidenced by Ellie proclaiming she’s going to ‘kill every last one of them.’
The Last of Us was released on the PS3 in June 2013 and was later remastered for the PS4 the following year. The game was met with huge success, picking up rave reviews from critics and selling over seven million copies worldwide. An expansion entitled The Last of Us Left Behind expanded on the storyline.
The Last of Us Part 2 gameplay footage still a way off
Given that it's still in the early stages of development, it is very unlikely we’ll see a The Last of Us 2 release date until at least late 2018. Furthermore, Druckmann revealed during a panel at PSX that the studio has a date in mind, but has decided to keep mum on the subject until they are certain the game will ship on time.