The Last of Us Part II wraps up ‘most ambitious cinematic shoot’

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Naughty Dog has officially wrapped cinematic shooting with Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson on The Last of Us Part II and it sounds like we’re going to need tissues.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen or heard from Sony or Naughty Dog on The Last of Us Part II, but the developer shared some exciting news on social media yesterday – they’ve wrapped all of the planned cinematic shoots for the highly anticipated sequel.

Creative director Neil Druckmann took to Twitter and shared a touching photo of actors Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie) along with a heartwarming message. He referred to it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done,” while teasing “tears were shed.” Troy Baker also shared the photo, adding he was speechless and filled with “love, gratitude and anticipation.”

Naughty Dog took us on an incredible journey with The Last of Us back in 2013. It sounds like the sequel will be even more emotional. Only a few moments from the game have been shared at major events, but it’s clear that Naughty Dog is pushing the storytelling envelope with The Last of Us Part II.

This is the first major update we’ve received from the studio in quite a while. The Last of Us Part II doesn’t have a release date yet, but many were hoping it would be sometime this year. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Although shooting is complete, Naughty Dog reminded us just how much work is still left, including “putting these cinematics in the game.” This task alone sounds like it could take quite a while, meaning a 2019 release for The Last of Us Part II might be a stretch.

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We already know The Last of Us Part II is coming to PlayStation 4, but a release in 2020 could also suggest that the game is being simultaneously developed for the next-gen PlayStation as well. Sony recently confirmed work on the presumed PlayStation 5, admitting that dev kits with system specs have already been sent out to developers.

It’s not unreasonable to think that Sony’s first-party studio has also received a kit to allow simultaneous development of The Last of Us Part II for it. It would certainly be a strong launch title and most definitely a system-seller. Not to mention, Sony did something similar with The Last of Us.

The original game released on PlayStation 3 in June 2013, towards the end of the system’s lifecycle (the PS4 launched in November 2013). An enhanced edition, The Last of Us Remastered, was released for PlayStation 4 in July 2014. Could Sony be taking a similar approach with The Last of Us Part II?

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The Last of Us Part II still doesn’t have a release date and Sony is skipping its traditional E3 press conference, so who knows when we’ll get our next official look at the game.