The Last of Us Part II has wrapped up its shoot with an emotional image of Ellie and Joel. The Last of Us Part II was originally announced at PlayStation Experience in 2016, and it remains one of the most highly anticipated game releases.
Not too much has been revealed about The Last of Us Part II. Instead of unveiling large bits of the story, Sony has remained subtle in the marketing; and aside from its first reveal, there are two other trailers. There was the October video in 2017, reminding viewers that the world Joel and Ellie live in is very violent. The second trailer was gameplay-focused, providing viewers a look at how The Last of Us II will play. Based on what was shown, The Last of Us Part II is looking to somehow improve upon what was considered perfect gameplay in the original game. Now, it looks like motion capture on the sequel has wrapped up.
Neil Druckmann posted an image on Twitter showing Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, the individuals behind Joel and Ellie. He captioned the photo: "And that’s a wrap on Ellie, Joel, and the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done. Tears were shed..." With the emotional wrap-up, The Last of Us Part II has taken a leap toward completion. Check out the tweet below:
Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson were both applauded for their work in The Last of Us. The game took place in a United States overrun by a fungus infection, and those infected turned into horrifying cannibalistic creatures. The goal of the game is survival, but the heart of the story is the relationship that develops between Joel and Ellie. Because Joel lost his daughter at the start of the outbreak, he grows to love Ellie as his own daughter; and, likewise, Ellie goes through her own development. Ellie is older in the new game, and based on what we've seen so far, her role is going to be even more substantial. In fact, Druckmann originally stated that Ellie is the only playable character in The Last of Us Part II.
It is certainly a good thing to hear that The Last of Us Part II is getting closer to full completion. Its unrevealed release date has been one of the hottest topics in the gaming community, with many wondering if it will make the holidays. Back in January, Gustavo Santaolalla, the game's composer, claimed The Last of Us Part II would be "coming very soon." If that's accurate, it's largely possible we'll see the game later this year; and if Naughty Dog announces a release date in the near future, the hype would be immense. The Last of Us perfectly combined gameplay and story. If the sequel does the same, and even better, it will instantly become the greatest game on the PlayStation 4 for many.
Source: Neil Druckmann