When Is The Last of Us Part 2 Set?

When Is The Last of Us Part 2 Set?

We take a look at how many years has passed since the first game. Here's what year it is in The Last of Us Part 2.

The Last of Us Part 2 is a direct sequel to 2013's The Last of Us. It continues the story of Joel and Ellie, picking up as they attempt to live a relatively normal life in a large community in Jackson. The timeline can get a little confusing, especially given the game's fondness for flashbacks and time jumps. To help clear things up, we've taken a look at the events of the first game, and its sequel, and have worked out when The Last of Us Part 2 is set.

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What Year Is It in The Last of Us Part 2?

The Last of Us Part 2 takes place in 2038/2039, 5 years after the events of the original. This is when the majority of the game takes place, with some sections jumping backwards or forwards in time. This is roughly 25 years since the infection took hold, explaining the appearance of new infected types.

How Old is Ellie?

Ellie is roughly 19 years old in The Last of Us Part 2. 5 years have passed since she first met Joel and they travelled cross-country to find a group of Fireflies. She was 14 in the first game.

Five years have passed since the events of the first game | Jake Green/USG

How Old Is Joel in The Last of Us Part 2?

Joel was born in either 1984 or 1985, making him 54 or 55 in The Last of Us Part 2. We also get some flashbacks involving him so he's shown at various ages in his life.

There's plenty more on The Last of Us Part 2 right here on USG. First up there's our look at the in-game guitar and how it directly relates to Ellie's grief. Elsewhere there's Caty's look at how the sequel compares to the original.

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