The capper to the PlayStation Experience 2016 keynote was the announcement of a sequel to Naughty Dog's other franchise, The Last of Us. Simply entitled, The Last of Us: Part II, the trailer for the sequel brings Ellie and Joel back together for another adventure where we'll discover who is truly the last of us.
"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," explained Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann on the PlayStation Blog.
"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."
In a panel from the PlayStation Experience, Druckmann talked more about the details surrounding the Last of Us: Part II. Part II takes place a few years after the events of the first game and players will be controlling Ellie in the game, not Joel.
"I know there's a lot of people that feel this trepidation about coming back to these characters, revisiting what that ending means, and worrying whether that's going to spoil the first game," explained Druckmann on stage. "You have to understand, we feel all those things as well. No one loves these characters more than we do and we would not do this if we didn't fell like we had the right idea."
"'Part II' is saying this is going to be a complementary story to the first one, but the two together are going to tell this much larger tale," he added. "The first game, the core of it was about the love between these two characters. This story is the counter of that, this is story is about hate."
Unfortunately, The Last of Us: Part II is a long way off.
"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," added Druckmann in his blog post.