New ‘The Last of Us: Part II’ Trailer: Yeah, it’s Violent

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Sony has dropped a big new trailer for The Last of Us: Part II, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2013 horror action-drama video game masterpiece.

As you’d expect, the trailer – which was shown during Paris Games Week 2017 – is technically magnificent. The visuals, the texture, the sound design, the detail; stunning stuff. Tonally, we’re a long way from the more meditative angle given in the first “reveal trailer“.

While the first game wasn’t shy about getting in your face with the violence and horror, it’s nevertheless a bit of a surprising level of wince-inducing carnage provided here. It’s decidedly red band stuff.

Watch this:

Whoa.

No, neither Ellie nor Joel appear, which could mean that this tough-as-hell woman (played by Laura Bailey, who played Nadine Ross in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy) is somehow connected to one/both of them, or that gamers will simply be following a few new characters in some world-expanding chapters. Either way, we can’t wait.

Now, regarding the grit rammed home in the trailer above. As you’d expect, there’s been some backlash online from some claiming that it’s simply too violent. Jim Ryan, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, President of Global Sales and Marketing for Sony Interactive Entertainment, addressed the content in an interview with The Telegraph, saying that the game is aimed at adults and is rated as such.

The Last of Us obviously is a game made by adults to be played by adults. I should never prejudge this but it will probably be rated ’18’, I think it’s fair to say. And there’s that market for those people who like that sort of game. Adults who like that sort of game. And I think we cater for that,” Ryan said.

“I think what we’re trying to do is to portray qualities of the various games we had on show. And I think it is difficult when you have a clip of four or five minutes to synthesise a gameplay experience that can be measured in the tens of hours. And, again, the studio was seeking to portray a game that will be rated as suitable for adults to play and that’s what we did.”

The Last of Us: Part II, unfortunately, still doesn’t have a release date.