Last Of Us 2 Dev Warns You'll Miss Entire Story Moments On First Playthrough

The level design is so open that you are likely to miss entire story moments, combat sequences, and scripted scenes.


The Last of Us: Part II will feature level designs that are even more open than in the first game, and due to this, there could be "entire story moments" and scripted sequences you might miss. Co-game director Anthony Newman revealed this in the newest Inside the Gameplay video for The Last of Us: Part II.

"In this game we've gone so far in making the level design open that there are actually entire story moments, entire combat encounters, full scripted sequences that you may completely miss," Newman said. "And there are things that we feel like, even though a portion of our player base may never see these things, the fact that when you do encounter them, you feel like you discovered them, it lends them this charm and this magic, 'I think is unique to games that this happened to me, because of what I did and the place I explored to.'"

Elsewhere in the video, writer/director Neil Druckmann said The Last of Us: Part II aims to heighten the feeling of being a survivor. You play as Ellie in the sequel, and she is smaller and more nimble than Joel, the protagonist of the first game. Ellie may not always be the strongest person in the room, but she is capable of fighting bigger, stronger enemies thanks to her unique skills and quickness.

The Last of Us: Part II introduces a series of new gameplay systems, including jumping and the ability to go prone. You can see these in the video, and hear directly from the game's designers about them.

It's also revealed in the video that there are not enough resources in the game to allow you to fully upgrade your character in a single playthrough. The developer is intentionally denying players resources to help increase the tension you feel related to the survival theme.

With just a month left before release, Sony also recently introduced an official Last of Us 2-branded console and controller, along with accessories like a headset and hard drive. It's up for pre-order now. Some of the promotion is a little less dire than these trailers, like official Twitter emoji.

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