While most of The Last of Us: Part II is being closely guarded behind an iron curtain of mystery, some interesting teases are filtering through the grapevine.
Animator Jonathan Cooper posted on Twitter to celebrate a mysterious achievement by his colleague Michal Mach, explaining that while he is rather hard to impress, something has been done that he has wanted to see in games for a while. Apparently, it looks even better than he imagined.
Sorry for the vague-post but as an old person that’s been doing this for a while now I’m kinda hard to impress, but today @gameplayAnim made something I’ve been wanting to see in games for years and it looks better than I ever imagined. pic.twitter.com/Kfgb46XEma
— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) January 11, 2019
Considering Cooper’s resume, which includes fourteen years of work on animation from BioWare to Ubisoft and Naughty Dog, if he’s impressed there certainly is reason to be excited. Mach himself has worked at Naughty Dog since 2011, and his work dates all the way back to Mafia II.
That’s not all since we also learn from Writer Halley Gross that she will make an appearance of the game. We don’t know if she will play a relevant character of just a cameo, but she posted a couple of images of the performance capture session on her Instagram account.
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A little while ago, Creative Director Neil Druckmann shared another tease about “one of the most complicated and heart-wrenching scenes” Naughty Dog has ever worked on. We also heard how friendly competition between Sony’s first-party studios helps the folks at Naughty Dog improve their own games.
Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much of the game since the latest reveal at E3 2018, but a week or so ago Sony Interactive Entertainment released a brand new dynamic theme dedicated to the game and a two-hour-long video showing the same scene with a burning car. That’s Naughty Dog’s humorous (and fairly dark) take on a Yule Log for the Holidays.
The Last of Us Part II is coming for PS4 but doesn’t yet have an official release window as of this writing.