Just a few days ago Naughty Dog finally dropped a brand-new trailer complete with a release date for The Last of Us Part II. As it turns out, it’s set to be the developers biggest and most ambitious game ever, so big in fact that if you’re getting the physical version of the game it comes with 2 discs.
Game director Neil Druckmann recently sat down for an interview with IGN where he talked in depth about what fans can expect from the story and overall game design.
Druckmann noted that the game has taken a while to come to life, and he states there’s more than good reason for that. “We didn’t set out to make the biggest game we’ve ever done, we set out to tell this really ambitious story that became the biggest game we’ve ever done. And that’s why we took as long as we have.” He continued, “The story we laid out four years ago is really complex, has a large cast of characters. The core of it is simple, but where it goes and the twist and turns are complex. We needed more time for cinematics, we needed more locations, we needed more types of enemies. So the scope of it kept growing.”
He also touched on the upcoming titles’ complexities and size of the game maybe taking away from the whole experience; “It’s not padded, it has that pacing of the first game. You’re going on this crazy, emotional, harrowing roller coaster ride that has these highs of tension and these slower, more provocative, thoughtful moments…those kind of events are sprinkled throughout the entire game.”
So, what’s the story actually going to look like? According to Druckmann. The Last of Us Part II is going to more open at times than others, but overall, it’s not set to be an open world title “depending where you are with the story, we might open things up significantly and say, ‘Here are some optional things you can go explore, some side stories, or you can go directly next to where you’re meant to go. But the tension is not high, and as the tension ratchets up, we might tighten things up, you might play a very scripted, authored Naughty Dog setpiece. And we know we can go in both directions according to the need of the story.”
The Last of Us Part II is set to release on February 21st, 2020.