Contrary to popular belief and much speculation, it turns out that players may only be advancing through The Last of Us Part 2’s story in Ellie’s shoes this time around, as opposed to multiple characters.
During a behind-closed-doors demo at this year’s E3 Conference, Creative Director Neil Druckmann hinted that Joel, the main protagonist and player-character in The Last of Us, would not be playable in the sequel. This would suggest that The Last of Us Part 2 will focus entirely on Ellie’s story arc.
Perhaps this was a slip of the tongue or just a misdirect, but fans aren’t happy that they won’t get to experience any of the highly-anticipated game’s moments as their favorite post-apocalyptic anti-hero.
Could this mean that Joel is the antagonist of The Last of Us Part 2? Or perhaps theories that Joel has died in the time between both games and now haunts Ellie are correct? Only time will tell.
We’re guessing that Naughty Dog keeping Joel out of all pre-release discussion is probably the best move in order to avoid spoilers, though. They have proven themselves to be master storytellers, so it wouldn’t be the craziest thing to just trust that they will deliver with their follow-up to one of gaming’s must-play experiences.
The Last of Us Part 2’s gameplay reveal trailer debuted at the E3 2018 Sony Press Conference last week. The game will launch as a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but a release date has yet to be announced.
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