Has the game’s mutated fungus infected him?
Sony and Naughty Dog announced The Last of Us: Part II during December 2016’s PlayStation Experience, but the publisher and developer have been silent on the wildly anticipated sequel in the months since, with the game being a no-show at E3 2017 earlier this month. But thanks to a couple of strange tweets yesterday, we now know something new about the game, and it involves a pig.
“Today’s mocap session is off to a great start,” The Last of Us: Part II Director Neil Druckmann tweeted yesterday, alongside a picture of a pig. The tweet didn’t mention The Last of Us: Part II by name, but it seems likely that’s what the motion capture session was for given Druckmann’s role directing the title.
Additionally, Druckmann also retweeted a video of The Last of Us: Part II co-writer Halley Gross and the pig, which was wearing some sort of harness/motion capture getup. “Guys guys guys guys guys!” was all Gross could bring herself to write in accompaniment of footage of her smiling at and feeding the pig.
Guys guys guys guys guys! pic.twitter.com/lppLjpyEM8
— Halley Gross (@Grosstastic) June 27, 2017
What role the pig will play in the final game is a complete mystery. It could be anything from crazed, mutated fungus-infected killer pigs — probably not, but maybe! — to just a background animal for a rural or farm section of the game.
The Last of Us: Part II does not currently have a release date, and it’s likely a ways off yet. Naughty Dog has said its development resources are currently prioritizing August’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, with the focus expected to pivot toward The Last of Us: Part II once work on Lost Legacy is completed.
Back during E3 on June 12, Druckmann tweeted that he wanted to share more about The Last of Us’ sequel, but the timing wasn’t right. “Believe me, we’re super excited to show you more of Ellie and Joel’s [second] journey, but right now it’s Chloe and Nadine’s time to shine.” But apparently there’s room for a pig to shine, too.