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‘The Last of Us Part 2’ Release Date, Features: Is 2019 Launch Possible Following Recent Development Updates?

Still from 'The Last of Us Part 2' E3 2018 official trailer | Photo by Naughty Dog via PlayStation/YouTube

The release date for “The Last of Us Part 2” is still unknown. But there have been recent updates about the video game’s development making fans hope that a 2019 launch is possible.

The latest update on the making of “The Last of Us Part 2” came from no less than Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann. He currently sits as a director and writer for the upcoming video game. Fans might also recognize him for his works on the first game as well as the “Uncharted” series.

As a story-driven game, “The Last of Us Part 2” requires the production team to film several scenes vital to the gameplay and storyline. And just before the Christmas break, Druckmann reminded fans that the development of “The Last of Us Part 2” is progressing well with a major teaser.

Druckmann shared a behind-the-scenes photo of Ashley Johnson and Shannon Woodward who are playing the roles of Ellie and Dina, respectively. Fans are likely familiar who Ellie is. On the other hand, a previous “The Last of Us Part 2” trailer confirmed Dina is Ellie’s love interest in the sequel game.

Without spoiling any plot details, Druckmann teased that the photo was taken during the filming of “one of the most complicated and heart-wrenching scenes we’ve ever worked on” for “The Last of Us Part 2.”

There is still a lot of mystery around how they will meet and what will happen to Dina and Ellie’s relationship in “The Last of Us Part 2.” Meanwhile, Johnson echoed Druckmann’s statement saying their latest filming included some “heavy stuff.” Again, nothing particular was revealed by Druckmann and Johnson but their teasers seem to imply that something story-shattering awaits. And what could be more “heart-wrenching” and “heavy” than the death of an important character?

It can be recalled that Ellie is billed as the main playable character in the sequel game. And one of the first trailers released for “The Last of Us Part 2” also shows Ellie heavily thirsty for revenge that even Joel (Troy Baker) seems puzzled with her new demeanor. Someone’s death and Ellie’s hunger for vengeance seems like a plausible storyline, but that is just some guess.

The success of the first game made it obvious that “The Last of Us Part 2” is inevitably happening. Obviously, Naughty Dog still has a long way to go in terms of the video game’s development. But there have been speculations that 2019 could be a good year for fans while others eye a 2020 release date for the PlayStation 4-exclusive title.

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