Sony's Paris Games Week finished with a brand new trailer for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us 2. And it certainly left a bitter taste in my mouth.
The brief trailer begins with a woman being dragged through the mud and rain by an unknown group. Things only get worse from there. In a short amount of time the same prisoner woman will be hanged, a second woman will have her arm bludgeoned by a hammer, and arrows will fly at heads. And that's all before the Clickers even show up.
Look, I'm not going to mince words. That was a difficult trailer to stomach and opinions will no doubt be divided among those who say it was gratuitous and those who point to the first Last of Us (which was by no means an emotional walk in the park) to defend the trailer as thematically consistent.
All I know is that my gut reaction to seeing that trailer was unpleasant. And it's strange that Naughty Dog chooses to highlight the violence for its Last of Us sequel when the first game stood out more for its somber meditation on humanity. Yes, violence was a part of The Last of Us, and I expect The Last of Us 2 to be just as violent (if not more so). But for Naughty Dog to follow-up its debut Last of Us 2 trailer with 5-minutes of wanton violence without any context, well that's just shocking for the sake of it.
The Last of Us 2 comes out sometime in 2018 for PlayStation 4.