Game development studio Naughty Dog has provided an update on its upcoming The Last Of Us Part II video game.
The Last Of Us Part II was set to be released on February 21st, 2020, but was delayed to May 29, 2020. Now, with only several months left before release, Arne Meyer, the Director of Communications for Naughty Dog, has stated that the game has entered the “final stretch of production” in a post on the official PlayStation blog
In the post, Meyer said: “We are thrilled to say that we’ve entered the final stretch of production and are putting the finishing touches on The Last Of Us Part II as you read this. The end of development puts us one very large step closer to launch. We know all of you have been so patient over the last few years, so it’s been thrilling to see our game taking on its final shape and knowing that means it will be in your hands soon.”
The Last Of Us Part II is a sequel to the critically acclaimed PlayStation exclusive The Last Of Us. The game followed a man named Joel who is tasked with escorting a teenage girl across a post-apocalyptic United States following the outbreak of a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.
The game was released in 2013 on the PS3 before it was remastered for the PS4 in 2014. Naughty Dog officially announced a sequel to the game in December 2016 which is set five years after the original game and follows Ellie, the teenage girl from the first game, who comes into conflict with a mysterious cult.
Demos, Collectibles & More
Also in the blog post, Meyer revealed that Naughty Dog and PlayStation will be releasing more The Last Of Us Part II Ellie Edition games featuring an exclusive dynamic theme, digital soundtrack, PlayStation Network avatars, a digital mini art book, a steelbook game case, Ellie’s backpack and more.
Meyer later revealed that there will be a hands-on demo of the game at the upcoming PAX East 2020 event in Boston, where the original game started. Visitors will have the opportunity to play ‘Patrol’, a section of the early game where Ellie and Dina venture out of Jackson into the surrounding areas to clear out infected. The demo will reportedly span an hour of gameplay.
Finally, Meyer ended the blog post by releasing two new wallpapers for the game which depict Ellie’s journey; from peace to vengeance. Meyer revealed in the post that two wallpapers would be made available to download as dynamic themes which transition from day to night based on the PS4 system clock.
Ending the blog post, Meyer said: “As we mentioned, this is just the first step on the road to the launch of The Last Of Us Part II on May 29, and there’s plenty more to come. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages for all the latest!”
The Last Of Us Part II dynamic theme is available for free now. We’re only several months away until the eagerly awaited game drops, so keep checking back for more news and gameplay.
Image credit: Sony PlayStation / Naughty Dog
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