Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4 at this year’s PlayStation Experience.
While Ellie and Joel are both in the game, Ellie is the main playable character – and she’s now 19 years old. Coming from this, the game takes place a few years after the original. While Ellie plays differently from Joel, there will be some things included that are described as evolutions, while other are reinventions.
Featured above, you can view the game’s announcement trailer. It’s also worth mentioning that Gustavo Santaolalla has returned to compose the sequel.
Creative director Neil Druckmann shared a message for the upcoming sequel:
I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to finally be able to say that Ellie and Joel are back for another intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure. Like many of you, we have a deep love for the world of The Last of Us and its characters, and while a sequel may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, that wasn’t the case. We knew that it needed to be a story worth telling and, perhaps more importantly, a story worthy of Joel and Ellie. After spending years on different ideas (and almost giving up), we finally uncovered a story that felt special—a story that evolved into an epic journey.
It’s still early days for the project—the game’s release is a ways off—but we couldn’t wait any longer to give you a glimpse of what’s to come. We’re going to let the trailer (coming soon to this post) speak for itself, but expect more information about The Last of Us Part II in the coming months.