In perhaps the biggest announcement of the year, The Last of Us: Part 2 has officially been announced.
We've all wanted it to happen, but none of us ever knew whether it would actually come to be. Thankfully, Naughty Dog has seen the love that was given to the first game and as a result, a sequel is now in the works.
We don't yet know much about the second game, although the game will definitely star Ellie, and Joel will most likely play a big part too. Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann has commented on the announcement of The Last of Us: Part 2 by saying, "In the first game, the theme was the love between these two characters... this story's the counter of that. It's about hate."
That's a pretty big spoiler for the plot point for the sequel. Obviously after the ending of The Last of Us, including Joel and Ellie again seemed like a brave move by Naughty Dog. However, they believe no other characters could have fit into a Last of Us sequel without it feeling like a completely different game.
"So much thought went into this-- I know there's trepidation about going back to these characters. We feel that as well. No one loves these characters more than we do, and we wouldn't do it if we didn't have the right idea. I had ideas with different characters and it didn't feel right. The Last of Us is about these two characters. All I ask is that fans of the first one put some faith in us-- we're going to do right by you."
The Last of Us: Part 2 will most likely get a 2018 release.