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

It will put the characters in extreme situations.

The Last of Us Part II

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.