The Problem with The Last of Us Part II Reveal

It finally happened. This past weekend, The Last of Us Part II was announced and already it’s gotten the buzz everyone saw coming. Of course there was going to be a Part II, come now, to think Joel and Ellie’s story was over would be foolish. It’s the way Naughty Dog went about announcing it that leaves a feeling of unease.

When The Last of Us was announced, it was done with a poise that, when going back to watch the reveal trailer, fits the feeling perfectly. It’s not overly heavy with emotion, while conveying just enough to peak anyone’s intrigue. That’s why I was so confused when they showed the reveal for Part II. Ellie is singing some heavy emotional song after slaughtering at least three people that can be seen dead in the video (probably more), and is just OK to pick up a guitar? Yes, her hand is shaking with the first glimpse of her as she prepares to lay down some tunes, but still. Below is the first reveal for The Last of Us for comparisons sake:

While the reveal for The Last of Us Part II is surely only the first of many trailers, it just felt out of place. Now, obviously, the context of the situation is lost, because there is nothing else to go on. Ellie and Joel look to be in Firefly territory and by the end of the trailer it’s obvious Ellie is pissed off about something. That doesn’t dismiss the thought that this trailer seemed a little too set up. You’re telling me there has just been a guitar laying around for 20+ years at this point and just one string is out of tune? Please. That guitar would be so rotted and warped Ellie would be lucky to get one note out of it.

After Ellie finishes her song about being blind to death, evil Joel makes his appearance, asking how she’s doing. Answer, she’s angry. While the direction the game seems to be moving in is weighted around anger, for now, I can’t shake the feeling Ellie has lost some of her…. Ellie. Ellie, like anyone, is a complex person, but to not even see a hint of the jovial/dark humored Ellie from the first game is troublesome. Joel was the pinnacle of anger and rage in The Last of Us. To have a game with two characters like that would be foolish. Ellie balanced Joel, and if this is lost, then so is the character audiences came to feel for so much.

People change, yes, but Ellie grew up in this world, so to see such a conflicting shift in her personality would just be odd. Again, though, this is the first the news to come about this game. I just hope we see more of the Ellie introduced in the first game, as opposed to someone who has become so bent out of shape, she’s unrecognizable. Ellie was the audience’s anchor in first game. She had a wide range of emotions and seeing all those emotions is what made her so touching. She was a nerd, hard headed, determined, kind and so much more. Losing even an ounce of this would be tragic. Imagine a game with no jokes from Ellie; not fun, is it?

For good measure check out that trailer one more time below:

  • Brandon Gurney

    Trailer was brilliant and it’s naughty dogs story and they can present it the way they wish. There’s probably far more thought that went into the trailer than you think. The cynical writing is seriously destroying the fabric that makes gaming wonderful. Why do we have such a difficult time accepting an artists vision for what it is? Instead we nitpick about what we want it to be.

    • I appreciate your thought. I myself thoroughly did enjoy the trailer, and am quite excited for Part II. I agree with you that Naughty Dog are superb story tellers, probably the best in the biz at the moment. This was just a thought that floated through my head and wouldn’t go away, so I thought I would share. I, in no way am demanding something from The Last of Us Part II. It’s not my game, it’s our communities game, and it’s important to have discussions around these things. Think of it as playing Devil’s Advocate. How can we grow as a community if there isn’t healthy discussion from different perspectives?

    • askjiir

      And he can share his opinion as he wish

      • Brandon Gurney

        Agreed, but I can also share my opinion of his opinion. And you can share your opinion of my opinion of his opinion.

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  • Andre

    I dont know what you think you watched but that trailer was nothing short of awesome! Naughty Dog is the best at what they do and I have nothing but confidence in their story telling capabilities. This will probably be a darker game and the fact that Ellie is older and more mature now more than likely means she will be telling less jokes. There is no way she is going to be the same person after growing up in that world because she has been to hell and back. Of course she is going to be hardened, who wouldn’t be? Furthermore, game director Neil Drunkmann has stated that part 1 was about love and part 2 is going to be about hate…so yeah expect probably little to no jokes. Who knows, maybe that was Joel and Ellies house and the fireflys attacked them? That would explain the guitar already being there and owned by Ellie. Especially since Joel told Ellie in the first game that he was going to teach her how to play a guitar. Oh and just for clarification, Joel didn’t ask how she was doing when he walked in, he asked her what she was doing.

  • Joseph D DeMatteis

    Don’t get the point of the article. The guitar and the string…………….really. Who cares?

    • askjiir

      I know, such a random complaint. I agree with the rest though

  • DarthDiggler

    @Spencer Rutledge

    You can’t really glean too much from a 4 minute trailer. It is safe to say that Ellie is woman now and she likely lost a few attributes we became accustomed to in The Last of Us Part I.

    Either this article was written in ignorance or you deliberately trying to troll people with click bait nonsense. This website is very hit or miss for credible information which is why your audience is likely not very devoted.

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    Dear author….

    You’re an idiot…. If you or anybody else would like further clarification on your idiocy please reply to me.. Until then, you’re not even worth the preemptive explanation!

  • BelAirBoss

    First…the trailer is likely a tone piece and may not even be a scene from the game.

    Second…I trust in Naughty Dog. Nuff said.

  • BelAirBoss

    First…the trailer is likely a tone piece and may not even be a scene from the game. Ellie is growing up, and in a world that tragic, that means less jokes, and more misery. I’m fine with it.

    Second….I trust Naughty Dog. Nuff said.

  • J.j. Barrington

    This article fails on so many levels it’s hard to know where to begin. Maybe it’s just best to leave it at “You’re wrong.”