Good News: There's Footage And Photos Of Dogs In Mo-Cap Suits Working On The Last Of Us Part 2

Here's an 8 second video of a dog in a mo-cap suit jumping through the air to brighten your day.

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Players have had some time to play through The Last of Us Part II, and there's been some division over whether it's a new milestone for the PS4, a narrative masterclass, or a disappointment relative to player expectations. There's been arguments about the game's intent, its violence, and its characters. But there's one thing we can all agree on--the dog they used for motion capture is a very good dog.

Jeremy Yates, the lead animator on The Last of Us Part II, has shared a short, slow-motion video of a dog--it looks like a border collie--doing a running jump in a motion-capture suit. Ironically, it looks to be the exact opposite of a Naughty Dog.

It's been a long and difficult year, but the eight seconds you spend watching this video, at least, are guaranteed to be good.

It's enough to make you feel bad for killing so many of the dogs in-game.

Update: More good news--Yates has posted more pictures of the dogs used to motion capture the in-game pooches. Winnie, Moxie, Kippy, and Stetson are here, and now we feel even worse about what we did to their digital canine doppelgangers.

Yates has also revealed that the gracing leaping off these dogs was also used for the deer you'll see in the distance during the game.

For more fun The Last of Us Part II content, check out Blink 182's Mark Hoppus covering his own music in-game, and actor Troy Baker's take on who could play Joel in a movie.

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StarWars~ wow we sure got rid of the SW fanbase who actually spent money.

Druckman~ i like this.

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"It's enough to make you feel bad for killing so many of the dogs in-game."

Nah, don't worry. It's just a video game.

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That is so awesome! I was really impressed with the dogs' motions, and now I can see why.

(also pretty sure that's an Australian Shepherd, not a border :-) )

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It really is remarkable how Naughty Dog put so much effort into the gameplay and the presentation only to completely botch the story, then even after it got leaked and everyone hated it, they didn't bother to change it. It's like they were trying so hard to make a fantastic game, but Neil Druckman's ego prevented them from being able to deliver.

Oh well, clearly it made them a boatload of money, so clearly it was successful regardless, and they can probably do it all over again and make even more money on the sequel.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: Next time ur in Gamestop ask "the employee most likely to be pro TLOU2 what's new then politely troll him and watch him lose his mind.

My brother in FLorida told me that this past time is spreading around all suburbia :D

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: see, you speak with such certainty, as if it is universally decided that the story was botched.

I think the story was incredible top to bottom. I know many people who agree. All works of art draw conflicting opinions. Not one of those opinions is the correct one.

I won't even address the Druckmann statement beyond that it has zero evidence to support it and works on the supposition that game is universally regarded as bad. It is very well regarded and thus that statement is just false.

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@tanzel: it's not clever story telling to troll the fanbase by making mockery of the characters.. And that's ZERO to do with LGBT stuff..

*It has to do with Joel behavior & Druckman intentionally wanting to make anyone who disagrees be a bad person...Something i am sure you subscribe to.

Why do you buy into it? didn't you deserve better?

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@sippio: I didn't deserve anything. Writers don't owe fans anything. Their first responsibility is to the story they want to tell.

Sometimes that is different than what fans want or expect. Sometimes that deviation works. Other times it doesn't.

If writers always cater everything to what fans scream for or what sells best, then creativity stagnates and the medium suffers for it.

And it's nice that you make assumptions about Druckmann and even more so about me. I can't speak to any of Druckmann's motives. I'm not him and neither are you.

I do not think hating the game makes someone a bad person. If someone hates the game because of the gameplay or storyline that's fine.

Hating that Ellie is gay or Lev is trans does make you a bad person. That's bigotry and indisputably bad.

And finally, Joel's behavior was completely fitting for his character. I keep hearing this thrown out as a complaint but it simply doesn't make sense to me. Joel helped people in part 1. He had been living comfortably for 4 years in Jackson. Joel was settled into a new and more comfortable life. Helping Abby in the moment made sense. Abby helped Joel and Tommy survive by the tram. Joel, Abby, and Tommy were being chased through a storm by a small horde.

What other option did he have then to enter the lodge for safety?

Why would he suddenly think his life was in danger after he saved Abby and Abby helped him live?

Hate how he died all you want. It's OK to feel like he deserved better. He did from Ellies perspective and in that moment that how you are meant to feel. Not every hero needs to die heroically. It's even questionable if Joel was a hero.

The point of the choice at the end of part one was to question whether Joel did the right thing. The point of part two was to explore the consequences of that choice and tell two stories of revenge.

Why do you feel Ellie was more justified in avenging Joel than Abby was for avenging her father and, by extension, humanity?

You asked why I bought into it? It's because I approached the game and story with an open mind from beginning to end.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: "Neil Druckman's ego prevented them from being able to deliver."

LOL... I love the certainty some people have on their own beliefs.

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@blindbsnake: Next time ur in Gamestop ask "the employee most likely to be pro TLOU2 what's new then politely troll him and watch him lose his mind.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: Lmao, *everyone*. The game is one of the fastest selling PS4 exclusives despite leaks. It also has more positive than negative user reviews on Metacritic and a 4.5/5 on the PS store (where only people who own it can rate it), not to mention the overwhelming critical acclaim.

So yeah, certainly not everyone hated it. FAR from it. Get out of your echo chamber, dude.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: it's the opposite of everything you wrote, and the funniest thing about it is how it will take you years to eventually understand it. i hope you will. the game is definitely more for adults, especially the story. the fact that a lot of people don't get it is sad (as sad as discrimination, intolerance and being close-minded), but not surprising and believe me the fact that so many people don't get it and hate it makes it soooooo much better for the one's who do get it.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: The game divided the fanbase, of course, they won't make this much money on the third game especially if you need to play as Abby again.

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@daidochus: the Abby hate is so unfortunate. She's a really well done character and was meant to ultimately be the hero of the game.

You don't play the middle part of the game as the villain. You play the villain in the bookends.

Part of the point, the gamble with this story, was to see how far a beloved character can go before being reviled for their actions and if you can learn to understand the person you started out hating.

Whether that meaning landed has less to do with the game itself and more to do with the player's willingness to understand it. To be open to changing their view.

It's powerful storytelling. It requires more thought than just this character is good, that character is bad.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: Not "everyone" hated it but I get it: You wanted The Last of Us Part 1.5: Joel and Ellie's Excellent Adventure and when the story didn't match your fanfic headcanon you got bent. LOL @ you expecting them to change the entire story. πŸ˜‚

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no heart feelings, except for Alice :(

i hope Bear made it through though.

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@RaveNRolla: Sorry to tell you, but Bear's present in the hospital chapter. You might have killed him with Ellie.

Heh.

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@Berserk8989: if he was there and attacked me i certainly did. i saw and petted him with abby, but i don't remember any dogs in that section with ellie.

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