Sony’s PlayStation Experience featured several surprises over the weekend. Fair to say, all of them paled in front of the announcement for The Last of Us II.
It was rumored that Naughty Dog was working on a direct sequel to the action-adventure survival horror game. Logic also dictated that following the success with the first, there definitely needs to be another. Thankfully, Sony decided to sign off on the year by letting us know that The Last of Us II is now in early development.
As such, we pretty much know next to nothing about the title except that Bruce Straley, who co-directed the first game and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, will not return for the sequel. His absence is not related to any drama. He’s simply taking the year off.
Earlier today, Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann revealed another little detail about the upcoming game. Taking to Twitter, he confirmed that The Last of Us II is being co-written by Hally Gross. The “kickass” writer is the name behind the critically acclaimed Westworld television series which just wrapped up its first season.
“Halley’s my kickass co-writer,” wrote Druckmann. “Can’t wait to share more of the story with y’all. Spoiler alert: it’s intense.”
Gross is credited with writing Westworld episodes “Trimpe L’Oeil” and “The Adversary,” while she’s listed as a story editor for other episodes such as “The Stray” and “Chestnut.”
Elsewhere, Druckmann mentioned that the song used in the game’s announcement trailer is “Through the Valley” by Shawn James. Those searching for the haunting song can now add it to their playlists.
The Last of Us II is currently without a release date. Considering that it’s in its early phase of development, a release in late 2018 seems most likely. That is if there are no delays, else it’s most probably confirmed to arrive in 2019.