The Last of Us 2 is in the home stretch, at least according to a new job posting by the game's co-director Anthony Newman, who's looking for hires to help "close out" development on The Last of Us 2.
There's no official release date, or even a release window for The Last of Us 2. The official PlayStation website has The Last of Us 2 listed under "coming soon" along with a couple other 2019 games, but that's most likely a placeholder.
That's because Newman published a hiring call on Twitter calling for new recruits at Naughty Dog. "Lot of awesome positions open to help us close out this game," writes Newman. There are open positions, largely in the animation department, but also for level/environment designers, writers, gameplay programmers, and multiplayer gameplay programmers.
While Newman says the team is working to "close out" development, which suggests development for The Last of Us 2 is nearing its end, that's still a lot of openings for what sounds like key roles. So depending on how much work is required for this last leg of development, there's a good chance we won't see The Last of Us 2 in 2019.
On the other hand, barring any major delays, knowing that the directors on the project are looking to finish development is still ultimately good news for fans who've been waiting years to see the next chapter in Ellie's journey. The Last of Us 2 co-director Neil Druckmann previously revealed that cinematic work with the actors, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, has wrapped.
Sony is skipping E3 this year, and instead have been airing Nintendo Direct-like State of Play livestreams. As a result, it's unclear when we'll next hear about The Last of Us 2. Hopefully, we'll have that info soon along with more details about other major PlayStation releases like Death Stranding and Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
Check out our E3 2019 guide to see what will be at this year's big games show.