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Naughty Dog Reiterates That The Last of Us Part II Theme Is Hate

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Hate will be the main theme of The Last of Us Part II, and its story will put its characters to the limit. In a new interview, the director Neil Druckmann reiterates the message that was given with the first teaser of the game: the pursuit of a revenge.

“A lot of our conversations are about hate, but it’s a more complicated, kind of nuanced thing, which is— I’m sure you’ve been in a situation where you’ve witnessed an atrocity. You’ve seen someone torture an animal, or they’ve pushed you too far and, for a second, your mind goes somewhere…primitive, where you want to hurt someone,” Druckmann said in an interview to Buzzfeed.

With this game, Naughty Dog wanted to explore this feeling: “I can’t say more than that without kind of spoiling the whole story. But everything we’re constructing, the situation we’re putting the characters in, is to explore that basically.”

Co-screenwriter Halley Gross mentions the “cyclical nature of violence”: “It’s something we’re really excited to have a conversation about. So I think it’s exciting that people are talking about it.”

In other news, Naughty Dog finished a playtest of the game recently and claimed to have found the game “awesome”.

The Last of Us Part II will be released soon on PlayStation 4, without a specific date at the moment. Although it will be played mainly by Ellie, it has been mentioned that there will be more protagonists.